Haiti: Crowley Cargo Lightering Operation Successful

Clears way for container shipments directly to the damaged port next week. Barges and cranes being mobilized for temporary docking and cargo ops in the port.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla.; Jan. 22, 2010Crowley Maritime Corporation, working under contract with the U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), successfully discharged 12 20-foot containers of relief supplies across a beach in Port-au-Prince, Haiti today in an experimental lightering operation. The success of this operation, which involved lifting the containers from a Crowley container ship anchored in the harbor to a smaller, shallow-draft landing vessel for transport and discharge over the beach, paves the way for container shipments directly into Port-au-Prince next week.