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Crowley adding larger, faster ro/ro ship to Florida/Central America loop

Crowley adding larger, faster ro/ro ship to Florida/Central America loop

Crowley Maritime Corp.'s liner services unit, Crowley Liner Services, will Monday add a larger and faster roll-on/roll-off cargo ship to one of its U.S. East Coast/Central America loops.

   The 1979-built 'Stena Shipper' has 150 forty-foot-equivalent units of trailer spaces and can travel at 19 knots. It will initially be deployed on Crowley's U.S. East Coast/Central America northern zone service, replacing the 'Tolosa,' which can carry about 105 FEUs of trailers at 17 knots.

   The service makes four southbound sailings a week — Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays — from Port Everglades, Fla.; to Santo Tomas, Guatemala; and Puerto Cortes, Honduras. San Salvador, El Salvador; and Managua, Nicaragua; are served overland via Santo Tomas and Puerto Cortes, respectively.

   'The addition of this new ship to our fleet allows us to help our customers by bringing some additional capacity to our Latin America services fleet,' said John Hourihan, Crowley's senior vice president and general manager. 'And because the ship is equal in size to eight of our 11 ro/ro ships in our fleet, and fast, we will be able to interchange her in any of our ro/ro services to preserve our schedule integrity.'

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