Crowley delivers transformers for renewable energy hydroelectric dam project in Costa Rica

Feb 24, 2009 12:00 AM (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.; Feb. 19, 2009) Crowley transported and delivered 11 oversized electrical transformers in Costa Rica this week to be installed at a hydroelectric dam in the country. The units, which were shipped with Crowley as part of an ongoing project move, will help convert water energy into electricity for cities and towns.

The transformers, each 11 feet tall and weighing more than 10 long tons, were manufactured by a Mississippi-based company and loaded in Port Everglades aboard Crowley's Ro/Ro ship Ambassador for the trip to Limon, Costa Rica. Crowley utilized 48-foot flatbed trailers for the move.

Crowley has a longstanding history and track record for handling oversized, out-of-gauge cargo. The company has the specialized equipment, vessels, experience and attention to detail to carry out even the most complex cargo shipments.   

"We are committed to providing our customers, like this Mississippi-based manufacturer, with solutions to their unique transportation needs," said Mike Hopkins, Crowley's vice president of operations in Port Everglades. "Once installed at the hydroelectric dam in Costa Rica, these transformers will provide renewable energy for people living there, and we are pleased to be part of that effort."

This week's transformer move is the latest example of Crowley's penchant for handling large, unusual, heavy and odd-sized cargo. Just last month, Crowley delivered an incinerator to Tortola to replace the island's existing trash disposal unit. The government contracted Crowley to move 42 individual pieces, which were handled with specialized equipment including 10 flatbeds and four open-top containers. The largest of the pieces was 30 feet long and 13.5 feet high and wide and weighed 80,000 pounds.
Jacksonville-based Crowley Holdings Inc., a holding company of the 117-year-old Crowley Maritime Corporation, is a privately held family and employee-owned company that provides diversified 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 the following services: liner container shipping, logistics, contract towing and transportation; ship assist and escort; energy support; salvage and emergency response; vessel management; vessel construction and naval architecture; 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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