Crowley investing $275M in cargo handling equipment

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The equipment includes 200 53-footdry containers to be dedicated exclusively for the Puerto Rico trade route.

The equipment includes 200 53-footdry containers to be dedicated exclusively for the Puerto Rico trade route.

Crowley Maritime Corporation’s liner services group is adding more than 3,000 pieces of cargo handling equipment to its fleet through a $275 million investment, company officials announced Tuesday.

The additional resources will allow the company to better meet increasing customer demand throughout Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and Latin America service areas, the company said

The equipment includes 200 53-footdry containers to be dedicated exclusively for the Puerto Rico trade route; 200 45-foot (102-inch wide) dry containers; 500 20-foot dry containers; 1,000 40-foot dry high-cube containers; 337 40-foot refrigerated high-cube containers; 30 20-foot refrigerated containers; 461 underslung gensets; and 75 nose mount gensets.

“We are particularly pleased to be able to add to our supply of high-capacity 53-foot containers, which are in great demand in our Puerto Rico liner services,” said John Hourihan, Crowley general manager of Puerto Rico/Caribbean. “These units have a capacity up to 3,268 cubic feet and the capability to carry loads up to 42,660 pounds.”

The new equipment, which will replace some aging units and allow for growth, brings Crowley’s equipment totals to nearly 43,000 containers, chassis and other specialized units.

“These acquisitions reflect our continued commitment to reinvest in the business for the benefit of our customers,” said Steve Collar, Crowley senior vice president of Latin America liner services. “And it further aligns with our strategy and desire to have the most modern and most desired type of equipment available when and where our customers need it.”

In addition to meeting ISO standards for freight container door security applications, Crowley’s new containers, which are expected to arrive in Jacksonville this summer, have an extra bolt-type seal lock and 3/8’-thick plating at the top and bottom for maximum security, helping to prevent unlawful access.

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