Friday, August 5, 2011

Extra US Port Call For RoRo Break Bulk and Project Cargo Service

Traffic Levels May Demand Regular Rotation
Shipping News Feature

US – CENTRAL AMERICA – CARIBBEAN - Crowley Maritime Corporation has announced plans to make its inaugural port call to Tampa, Florida next month as part of its Central American RoRo service which accommodates breakbulk and project cargoes as well as Roll-on/Roll-off traffic. The company hopes that freight tonnage levels will be such that additional sailings from the port may be as frequent as every three weeks.

Service will be aboard the vessel Crowley Americas, which serves Rio Haina, Dominican Republic; Port au Prince, Haiti; Manzanillo, Panama; Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; and Santo Tomas, Guatemala and the first call will take place on the 2nd September.

Tampa Port Authority administers Florida's largest and one of the nation's most diversified ports, handling a wide mix of bulk freight, consolidation, Ro/Ro and containerized cargoes, and is also one of the nation's premier cruise home ports, as well as a major centre for shipbuilding and repair. Crowley has serviced Central America and the Caribbean from the US for over fifty years and claims to be the premier container shipping company to the region. Tampa Port Director Richard Wainio said he was delighted to be expanding the Port’s relationship with Crowley, saying:

“Crowley’s extensive track record in providing transportation and logistics services throughout Central America and the Caribbean is well known. This service will provide exporters and importers of construction equipment, vehicles, break bulk and project cargoes with a more competitive option for trade between Central Florida and Latin America via the Port of Tampa."