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Crowley supports Puerto Rico power restoration

SAN JUAN, PR: November 17, 2017. Puerto Rico's Electric Power Authority director Ricardo Ramos resigned today as the government acknowledged that only 44.70 percent of the island has electricity following the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in September.

Crowley-Barge-San-Juan-Puerto-Rico slideshow largeThe latest response from Crowley Maritime is a weekly sailing from the U.S. using multiple flat deck barges to deliver 65,000 – 70,000 wooden, concrete and galvanized steel poles to help in the restoration of the island's power grid.

Since the storm Crowley said it has operated 40 sailings from the U.S. mainland carrying 3,684 loads on behalf of the Federal Emergency Management Agency plus 9,116 commercial aid shipments that included 2,090 containers in the last week.

John Hourihan, senior vice president and general manager Puerto Rico services said the company now operates seven flat-deck barges to provide a sailing "virtually every day" from the U.S. mainland.

"With this additional vessel capacity, Crowley will be offering 6,200 commercial cargo slots per month in November and December in addition to continued relief cargo efforts," he declared.

Cargo is being distributed on the island by 375 trucks from Crowley Logistics that is also providing drayage, direct deliveries, deconsolidation and inventory control services - plus airfreight handling at San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport.

"The people of Puerto Rico are steadily rebuilding their infrastructure, and we are adding capacity and services to assist them," said Frank Larkin, Crowley senior vice president and general manager, Logistics and Commercial services. "As the supply chain mission changes, in this case to include breakbulk utility poles, our focus adapts to provide the logistics solutions to fulfill the needs of our government and commercial customers."

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