Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Shipping and Logistics Service Provider Continues to Invest in Cargo Carrying Equipment

Another 25 Million Dollar Spend Announced This Month
Shipping News Feature
US – It seems the policy of the Crowley Maritime Corporation which saw the group invest heavily in 2015 is to continue into the New Year with the announcement that it will purchase a further $25.5 million of new cargo carrying equipment including containers, chassis and generator sets. This latest upgrade to the equipment fleet follows the company’s acquisition earlier this month of 400 new 40-foot, high-cube refrigerated (reefer) cargo containers for use by perishables customers in Central America and the Caribbean.

The list of new equipment on the current order includes 325, 20-foot chassis; 500, 45-foot (102-inch wide) dry containers; 600 53-foot (102-inch wide) dry containers; 400, 53-foot chassis and 440 generator sets (gensets), some of which are underslung and some that are nose-mount. Steve Collar, Crowley senior vice president and general manager, international liner services explained:

“While we transport many different types of cargo, including that which is oversized, or otherwise not suitable for a container, the majority of cargo we carry throughout our trade lanes is containerised, and as such, we must continue to enhance our fleet to ensure we have the right equipment in the right locations when it is needed by our customers.”

All the units are built to Crowley’s own structural and security standards with the 500 45-foot containers has been completed by CIMC in China and due in Jacksonville by the end of January where they will begin to be assimilated throughout Crowley’s network whilst the remaining equipment is expected to arrive within the first half of 2016. John Hourihan, senior vice president and general manager, Puerto Rico services commented:

“In this new selection of equipment are 600, 53-foot containers designed specifically for our Puerto Rico customers. These oversized boxes have a capacity of almost 4,000 cubic feet maximizing the value for shippers of low density, high-cube cargo like furniture or department store merchandise.”