Crowley transporting containerized steel housing units to Haiti

The following is the text of a press release issued by Crowley Maritime Corp.:
(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) Crowley Maritime Corporation continues to work with relief and commercial organizations to provide goods and materials needed by Haiti residents in the aftermath of January’s major earthquake. Most recently, Crowley began transporting emergency housing units for Steel Elements International, LLC to homeless families. Shipped in 20-foot containers and packaged as building sets, the homes are assembled in country by trained Haitians and humanitarian aid workers.

To date, Crowley’s logistics group has managed the transportation of 68 containers for Steel Element’s containers destined for Port-au-Prince. In all, Steel Elements plans to send 300 containers to relief organizations in Haiti.

The temporary structures, which replace tents, measure 10 feet by 20 feet and are hurricane resistant, fire resistant and earthquake resistant and are the ideal structure for harsh environments, according to the manufacturer. They are being delivered to various aid organizations in Port-au-Prince and Leogane, including CHF International and the Lutheran World Federation.

Crowley’s logistics team worked closely to ensure that 50 steel building sets were loaded into each 20-foot container at Crowley’s new 70,000-square-foot warehouse near the Jacksonville Port Authority’s Dames Point Marine Terminal and transported to South Florida where they are loaded aboard a Crowley vessel destined for Haiti. The company also served as freight forwarder on more than a dozen loads, facilitating their transport on other U.S. flagged vessels.
“Crowley is fantastic to work with,” said Jane Legere from Steel Elements. “I have interacted with individuals from several departments (sales, booking, logistics, distribution, customer service and finance) and have consistently been met with helpfulness, sincerity and a pleasant manner. These people all appear to really enjoy what they do and make every effort to meet their customer’s needs.”

“Housing displaced Haiti residents is still one of the toughest logistical challenges faced by many aid organizations,” said Carlos Rice, Crowley vice president, logistics. “We are pleased to be working with Steel Elements to provide these much-needed units to the island. We know recovery will be slow-moving and we will remain committed to the Haiti community by offering our transportation and logistics expertise.”

The buildings have been received positively in Haiti, with CHF International recently posting an article about the benefits of the buildings,

Steel Elements International, LLC is a provider of light gauge steel framings systems in the US for schools, hospitals, hotels, senior and sub-acute facilities, housing developments and commercial spaces to name, among others. The company also manufactures emergency housing units. For more information, visit or

Jacksonville-based Crowley Holdings Inc., a holding company of the 118-year-old Crowley Maritime Corporation, is a privately held family and employee-owned company. The company provides diversified transportation and logistics services in domestic and international markets by means of six operating lines of business: Puerto Rico/Caribbean Liner Services, Latin America Liner Services, Logistics Services, Petroleum Services, Marine Services and Technical Services. Offered within these operating lines of business are the following services: liner container shipping, logistics, contract towing and transportation; ship assist and escort; energy support; salvage and emergency response through its TITAN Salvage subsidiary; vessel management; vessel construction and naval architecture through its Jensen Maritime subsidiary; government services, and petroleum and chemical transportation, distribution and sales. Additional information about Crowley, its subsidiaries and business units may be found on the Internet at

By Professional Mariner Staff