Thursday, May 6, 2010

Crowley Maritime Donates $80,000 To Haiti Relief Efforts

Caribbean Specialist Continues Aid Drive
Shipping News Feature

USA – Jacksonville-based liner shipping and logistics service provider Crowley Maritime Corporation and its employees have this week donated $80,000 to the American Red Cross in support of Haiti relief efforts with the company’s management presented a check to Jack Morgan, CEO of the Northeast Florida Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Shortly after the massive earthquake, Crowley, who run a weekly scheduled commercial cargo service to Haiti, announced to its employees that the company would match all donations dollar-for-dollar made specifically to the American Red Cross Haiti relief fund. Crowley employees and crewmembers throughout the U.S. and abroad participated in the charity drive.

"The gift from Crowley employees and Crowley Maritime to the American Red Cross International Response Fund in support of Haiti relief efforts will have a significant impact on those lives devastated by this disaster," said Morgan. "Crowley and its employee’s contributions will touch many lives as they rebuild."

In addition to making this monetary donation, Crowley worked closely with the U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) after the disaster to reopen direct cargo operations in Haiti, allowing humanitarian relief from multiple shippers to enter the country.

Crowley successfully completed the largest post-disaster lightering operation to date on Jan. 28 when the company successfully discharged 202 20-foot containers of relief supplies across a beach in Port-au-Prince.

The company also mobilized two 400-foot-long, 100-foot-wide flat deck barges, along with two Manitowoc 230-ton crawler cranes that are still serving as a makeshift dock for cargo operations, as the port is rebuilt.

(pic: Left to right - Bill Pennella, Crowley vice chairman and executive vice president; Francheska Acevedo, Crowley human resources representative; Jack Morgan, CEO of the Northeast Florida Chapter of the American Red Cross; and John Hourihan, senior vice president and general manager of Crowley's Latin America service.)