In response to high customer demand, Crowley Maritime Corporation’s liner services group is deploying an influx of new equipment.
The company said in a statement it intends to bring in hundreds of chassis, ISO tanks and high-cube containers, for use in the company’s services between the U.S., Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and Central America.
To date, 534 of 1,300 40-foot chassis have been received, with the remaining 766 scheduled to arrive in Jacksonville by April 1. Additionally, 240 new 20’ ISO tank containers have also been delivered, replacing 145 of the old units. Accompanying the ISO tanks are 145 matching chassis, which will be compatible with the company’s new Commitment Class vessels, some of the first LNG-powered, combination container and Roll-On/Roll-Off (ConRo) ships in the world, designed especially for service between the United States and Puerto Rico.
Finally, the company’s 40’ high-cube containers are starting to trickle in, with half of the 2,300 ordered expected to arrive by the beginning of May, the statement said.
Crowley’s equipment acquisitions follow the recent decision to increase its capacity and sailing frequency in the U.S. Mainland – Puerto Rico trade in the first quarter. To accommodate growth, the company said it would be adding more than 6,000 total pieces of new equipment in 2015, which would be comprised of chassis and dry and refrigerated containers.