Crowley lands Haiti shipping contract

Jacksonville Business Journal – by Mark Szakonyi Staff reporter

Crowley Liner Services Inc. has received a contract worth up to $22 million from the U.S. military to provide emergency port services in Haiti.

The Jacksonville-based shipping company will repair Port-au-Prince’s piers and beaches, provide warehousing, cargo consolidation, and transport cargo, according to the U.S. Transportation Command contract. The contract runs until April 15.

Crowley has been able to bring in containers into Port-au-Prince despite the city’s piers still being under repair. The company used a process called lightering, where smaller vessels with roll-on/roll-off capabilities unload cargo from a large container ship and bring it ashore without using a traditional dock.

Crowley has also shipped containers to the Dominican Republic, from where they were trucked into Haiti. Under the contract, Crowley will also build a temporary pier at Port-au-Prince and use a crane to unload cargo onto the shore.