Crowley Cargo Lightering Operation Successful Today in
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
January 22, 2010 05:33 PM Eastern Time
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Crowley Maritime Corporation, working under contract with the U.S.
Command (USTRANSCOM), successfully discharged 12 20-foot containers of relief supplies across a beach in Port-au-Prince, H
experimental lightering operation. The success of this operation, which involved lifting the containers from a Crowley container ship
harbor to a smaller, shallow-draft landing vessel for transport and discharge over the beach, paves the way for container shipments
au-Prince next week.
"Today's operation was an important milestone in reestablishing direct container shipments into the heavily damaged port," said John
Crowley's senior vice president and general manager of Latin America services. "The port survey conducted Monday by a team fro
Salvage subsidiary was spot on in terms of identifying a suitable location in the port where we could safely discharge the cargo."
"USTRANSCOM values the innovative solutions that our contractors are implementing to rapidly facilitate humanitarian assistance i
Haitian people," said Army Brig. Gen. Michael Lally, director of operations for the command.
The Crowley container ship Marcajama, which offloaded the containers today, is scheduled to return to Port Everglades, Fla. over
load more relief cargo under contract with USTRANSCOM. The ship will then return to Port-au-Prince in the middle of next week
containers via the proven lightering method utilizing two shuttle vessels.
Future cargo operations in the port should improve substantially in the coming weeks. Crowley is mobilizing two 400-foot-long, 10
deck barges, along with two Manitowoc 230-ton crawler cranes in the United States for USTRANSCOM that will be brought into
serve as a makeshift dock for future cargo