Tuesday, April 12, 2016

More Investment by US Cargo Group in Caribbean Logistics Services

Puerto Rico Benefits from Busiest Regional Carrier
Shipping News Feature
PUERTO RICO – CARIBBEAN – US – Crowley Maritime Corp is to consolidate its Caribbean logistics services into a single new facility in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Crowley has served the Puerto Rico market since 1954, longer than any other carrier in the market, it has more weekly sailings and is responsible for more cargo carried annually between the island commonwealth and the US mainland than any other shipping line and employs over 250 staff on the trade.

The new, combined logistics services centre is located in Building 13 of the Free Trade Zone and last week, Crowley began shifting its LCL and cross-dock business from Building 11 to Building 13. The newly consolidated warehouse and distribution centre operations are scheduled to be fully up and running at Building 13 by April 18 after moving from Building 12. The new facility has more truck dock doors than the previous facilities and, to further expedite cargo handling and visibility, Crowley is streamlining its technology by deploying one warehouse management system (WMS) that will optimise shipment tracking from origin to final destination. Ayesha Diaz, general manager of Crowley’s Caribbean logistics group, commented:

”By consolidating our non-vessel-operator-common-carrier (NVOCC) and less-than-container load (LCL) operations into a single logistics services centre, we will be able to serve our customers more efficiently and handle increased cargo throughput, thereby providing an even higher level of service. In the current market, Crowley is the only service provider that can offer this complete door-to-door transportation and distribution solution to our customers.”

The latest customer service improvements are a continuation of Crowley’s ongoing $500 million investment in the US-Puerto Rico trade. The company recently broke ground on a construction project for a new pier at its Isla Grande Terminal in San Juan. The project is designed to accommodate Crowley’s two new liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered, Commitment Class ships, which are under construction. Crowley’s terminal expansion also includes the installation of three new ship-to-shore container gantry cranes, new truck access gates, reefer plugs, new containers and container handling equipment, and more. Jose “Pache” Ayala, vice president, Puerto Rico services, observed:

“This consolidation is a significant enhancement, not only for our logistics customers but also for our liner shipping customers who are expanding their business with us because they see how we can streamline their supply chains and make them more cost effective by taking advantage of our logistics services here on the island and on the mainland.”