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Crowley resumes San Juan operations following Hurricane Fiona

El Coqui cargo expected to be offloaded in Puerto Rico on Monday evening

Crowley christened the LNG-powered El Coqui in 2018. It travels in a loop between Jacksonville, Florida, and Puerto Rico. (Photo: American Shipper)

Crowley Maritime said Hurricane Fiona caused no significant damage to its terminal facility in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and cargo operations would resume Monday evening. 

Cargo-handling operations on the combination roll-on/roll-off container ship El Coqui were slated to begin at 6 p.m., according to David DeCamp, Crowley’s director of corporate communications, who said the vessel arrived at the Port of San Juan earlier in the day. 

“Crowley’s facility in San Juan has received no significant damage and our warehousing and terminal operated on normal hours using backup power generation today,” DeCamp told American Shipper. 

The Coast Guard issued a statement early Monday afternoon that the Puerto Rican ports of San Juan, Arecibo, Ceiba, Culebra, Fajardo and Vieques had reopened after the passing of Hurricane Fiona but that operations would be limited to daylight hours until further notice. The ports of Guanica, Guayama/Las Mareas, Guayanilla, Mayaguez, Ponce, Salinas/Aguirre, Tallaboa and Yabucoa remained closed. 

DeCamp said Crowley was prepared for Hurricane Fiona’s arrival. 

“Our hurricane contingency plan, updated annually just before each hurricane season, includes specific preventive actions to be taken before, during and after a major event to protect lives, assets and to secure the continuity of our operations. We ensure inventory levels of water, diesel, gasoline, batteries, satellite phones and medicine are sufficient,” he said. 

DeCamp said the Isla Grande Terminal had equipment that enabled it to resume operations despite most of the island being without power in the wake of the hurricane, which slammed Puerto Rico on Sunday. 

“Our terminals are equipped with redundant power-generating systems to support uninterrupted service,” DeCamp said.

Christened in 2018, the Crowley vessel El Coqui is powered by liquefied natural gas and delivers goods in a loop between Jacksonville, Florida, and Puerto Rico. 

Hurricane Fiona hit Puerto Rico almost five years to the day after Hurricane Maria, which heavily damaged the island’s supply chain infrastructure on Sept. 20, 2017.   

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Senior Editor Kim Link-Wills has written about everything from agriculture as a reporter for Illinois Agri-News to zoology as editor of the Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine. Her work has garnered awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Magazine Association of the Southeast. Prior to serving as managing editor of American Shipper, Kim spent more than four years with XPO Logistics.