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Crowley & Puerto Rico

When Hurricane Maria devastated

Puerto Rico, Crowley responded in force (above) to start the recovery.

On the investment to build its new terminal, already well underway be- fore the hurricane hit, Tom Crowley said: “The terminal rebuilding in

Puerto Rico, in and of itself, could have been considered the most im- portant project the company has ever taken on.” an ATB laid up in Texas. “It is crazy to to rebuild its terminal in San Juan as the • Building a new LNG fueling sys- Overall he counts a strong U.S. econo- me that they (legislators) would go and crowning achievement of 2017, if not all tem, my – and until Hurricane Maria ravaged arbitrarily lift the Jones Act because they time. • Building a new LNG-fueled con- Puerto Rico, a rebounding Puerto Rican wanted to get a headline in the paper, and “We’re not done (with the year) yet, tainerships market – as driving its logistics busi- then cause heartache to the people who but the amount of effort, time and fund- • Converting its entire operations ness. “The Puerto Rican economy was in don’t have jobs to rebuild their homes in ing that has gone into the re-? eeting of from RoRo to LoLo pretty good shape, but now we have to

Texas.” our Puerto Rican business is incredible,” “This has been a monumental task,” shift gears and see how we can support said Crowley. “The terminal rebuilding said Crowley. “Each internal group has the rebuilding process.”

Logistics in Puerto Rico, in and of itself, could made this look easy, but when you step “We’ve also been awarded a very large

While the Crowley name is synony- have been considered the most important back and see how it has been integrated, contract (the Department of Defense mous with maritime, the organization project the company has ever taken on.” it’s impressive. Each step was fraught Freight Transportation Services (DFTS) has grown to be a major player in the Crowley’s commitment to fostering with potential disaster, but calm cool contract) on our logistics side for mov- end-to-end logistics business, through the logistics chain doesn’t stop at the heads have prevailed and we’re going ing cargo throughout North America, the Caribbean and North America. In new terminal. Other project this year in- to have an amazing system built by the which will be a transformational project fact, Tom Crowley considers its project cludes: middle of next year.” for our company in terms of expanding 48 Maritime Reporter & Engineering News • NOVEMBER 2017

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