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New Cranes for San Juan

Three new electric ship-to-shore gantry cranes arrived at the Port of San Juan on March 29. They will be used to load and unload Crowley Maritime’s new Commencement class combination container-ro/ro ships. El Coquí, the first of these LNG powered vessels, is expected to be in service later this year, with the second to follow in early 2018.

According to the Puerto Rico Ports Authority, the gantry cranes constitute the first investment of its kind in this market by an ocean shipping company since 1961.

Crowley is investing $550 million to transform its Jacksonville-Puerto Rico trade, including terminal facilities and ships. Upgrades to its Island Grande terminal in San Juan include a new dock, the three cranes, container storage areas, electrical plugs for reefer containers, truck entry and exit points, container handling equipment and more.  

Isla Grande Terminal in San Juan. Crowley has occupied the now 75-acre facility since it entered the Puerto Rico market in 1954. The company has more than 250 Puerto Rican employees.
Photo/Crowley Maritime

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