Crowley Maritime establishes six-vessel flow of relief supplies to Puerto Rico

Jacksonville, Florida-based Crowley Maritime has lined up six vessels to maintain a flow of relief supplies to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria’s destruction.

Four ships are loaded and en route to the island that was devastated by the Category 4 storm. Another two are to follow.

In all the six ships will be able to transport 2,200 loaded containers.

They are carrying cargoes of relief materials and commercial items to Crowley’s Isla Grande terminal in San Juan, the main port of the US unincorporated territory.

Isla Grande was set to resume normal operating hours on Monday.

Earlier this month Crowley mobilized 18 Jones Act-compliant petroleum carriers to deliver gasoline and diesel to various ports in Florida after the south of that state was hammered by Hurricane Irma.

Crowley is a 125-year-old marine services and logistics firm with a long history of cargo-carrying services between the US and Caribbean islands.

A temporary US government waiver on Jones Act requirements – allowing non-compliant foreign ships to help in the post-hurricane response – expired on Friday and was not extended.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.
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