Crowley introduces bigger, faster ships in Caribbean islands service

(JACKSONVILLE, FL — September 28, 2007) Crowley Maritime Corporation is adding two new containerships, Eclips and Ocean, to its Carribbean island services. The vessels are bigger (offering about 200 more TEUs of capacity) and faster (by about 2 knots) than the ships they are replacing, Sea Gale and Sea Cloud.

Crowley expects the 18.5 knots speed to result in even better transit times, and the increased number of reefer plugs (about 160, twice more than before) to better accommodate the cargo needs of customers.

“We’re going to be better equipped to handle customers’ need for space during the peak season and beyond,” said Rudy Leming, Crowley’s vice president of Caribbean islands services. He added, “The speed of the vessels will allow us to provide improved schedule integrity.”

Crowley’s Caribbean island services allow customers to ship items from their groceries to their vehicles and Freight of All Kinds (FAK) in a variety of equipment, including 20-foot standard and 40-foot standard and high-cube containers, reefers, flat racks and other specialized equipment.

Eclips is scheduled to set sail October 4th.
By Professional Mariner Staff