Crowley Puerto Rico Services Inc. has executed a US$48.5 million construction contract for a new pier at its Isla Grande Terminal in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In conjunction with the investment, the company and the Puerto Rico Ports Authority (PRPA) have also concluded a 30-year lease extension for the Isla Grande property.
The construction contract was awarded to L.P.C.& D. Inc. and includes the development of a 900 ft x 114 ft concrete pier and all associated dredging needed to accommodate Crowley’s two new LNG-powered, Commitment Class ships. Crowley’s terminal expansion plans also include the installation of three new ship-to-shore container gantry cranes, which will be supplied under a separate contract.
Jose ‘Pache’ Ayala, Crowley Vice President, Puerto Rico, said: “This is a great day for Crowley and the people of Puerto Rico, and a critical next step in our nearly US$500 million re-investment in the Puerto Rico trade lane […] This important project represents close collaboration between private business and PRPA to make a major investment in the infrastructure of Puerto Rico. We are very excited to choose a Puerto Rico-based construction company who will utilise workers on the island and keep the money in the local economy.”
Crowley is now completing the acquisition of the necessary permits, and expects to complete construction in April 2017, in advance of the inaugural call of the first new Commitment Class ship, El Coqui.
Edited from various sources by Callum O'Reilly
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