Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Project Freight and Logistics Management Extension for US Group

Crowley Acquires Jarvis to Expand Portfolio of Services
Shipping News Feature

US – Providers of project solutions, transportation and logistics services, Crowley Maritime Corporation has announced that its recently acquired Houston based, freight forwarding, export packing and logistics company Jarvis International Freight Incorporated, which will transition into the company as a new branch of Crowley Logistics, offering project logistics and global freight management services to a wider array of industries and in more geographic locations operating under the name Project Logistics and Global Freight Management.

The team at Jarvis will continue its nearly 30-year legacy of providing specialized international freight forwarding and logistics services, in addition to other value-added capabilities, including engineering, procurement, construction support, and project management, to those in the energy, oilfield and mining industries, but the company will operate under the new name and be an integral part of Crowley. The team will remain domiciled at its Texas address, and will retain its existing phone number. Steve Collar, Crowley senior vice president and general manager, logistics said:

“There are a great number of synergies between this Project Logistics and Global Freight Management group and many of Crowley’s other businesses lines. This team’s already strong client relationships and specialized knowledge of project logistics, combined with our experience, facilities and capabilities will prove to be an even greater resource to customers in the industries we serve.

“This decision gives Crowley a greater opportunity to extend our logistics services to new industries and geographic areas. Adding this team to our logistics portfolio strengthens our position in the petroleum and energy industries, and will increase the opportunities for us to take on more logistically complex projects for these customers.”

The acquisition has meant management changes with Danny Hall, formerly vice president of Jarvis Freight International promoted to vice president of strategic business development, for Crowley’s logistics team. David Higgs, formerly director of Crowley’s product logistics team, has been promoted to vice president of Project Logistics and Global Freight Management.

Crowley’s traditional liner and logistics services, including break bulk/NIT shipping, customs brokerage and global warehousing, fulfil many of the needs of the Project Logistics and Global Freight Management’s existing customer base. Likewise, this new specialized logistics division brings global logistics and international freight forwarding capabilities to Crowley’s customer base.