Provides for proceedings with testing and operation of the container cargo inspection scanning operation in Puerto Rico
(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico.; April 4, 2011) – The Puerto Rico Ports Authority (“PRPA”) and Crowley Puerto Rico Services, Inc., (“Crowley”) today announced plans to allow limited testing of container cargo inspection scanning operations beginning today at the Crowley marine terminal facility in San Juan. As part of PRPA’s master plan under Law 12, it will construct and operate several inspection stations at various cargo terminals at the Port of San Juan, each having the capacity to scan all the cargo containers arriving at Puerto Rico from the United States without affecting the flow of traffic. Both parties stressed that the testing program would not delay or affect the release and delivery of cargo to customers in Puerto Rico, and that no charges would be assessed in connection with the testing program until a regulation becomes effective.
PRPA and Crowley met last week to review a mutually acceptable process and set of procedures whereby the impact, if any, to Crowley’s clients would be avoided or eliminated. PRPA and Crowley have entered into an understanding that will ensure that there will be no delays to cargo being delivered from the Isla Grande Facility.
Crowley will work very closely with the PRPA over the next two weeks to make sure that it is business as usual and that customers are not impacted by this test.
Jacksonville-based Crowley Holdings Inc., a holding company of the 119-year-old Crowley Maritime Corporation, is a privately held family and employee-owned company. The company provides marine solutions, transportation and logistics services in domestic and international markets by means of six operating lines of business: Puerto Rico/Caribbean Liner Services, Latin America Liner Services, Logistics Services, Petroleum Services, Marine Services and Technical Services. Offered within these operating lines of business are: liner container and breakbulk shipping; logistics; contract towing and transportation; harbor ship assist and tanker escort; energy support; salvage and emergency response through its TITAN Salvage subsidiary; vessel management; vessel construction and naval architecture through its Jensen Maritime subsidiary; government services, and petroleum and chemical transportation, distribution and sales. Additional information about Crowley, its subsidiaries and business units may be found on the Internet at www.crowley.com.
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