Crowley's Jacksonville Operations Welcomed by JAXPORT, LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - JAXPORT’s Board of Directors has unanimously approved an expanded, long-term lease with Crowley Liner Services Inc. Under the agreement, Crowley will relocate its Puerto Rican service from its private terminal along Jacksonville’s harbor to JAXPORT’s Talleyrand Marine Terminal. Crowley will also expand its current leasehold in preparation for deployment of the company’s two new LNG-powered Commitment-Class ships.
“This agreement clearly reinforces our commitment to the Puerto Rican trade lane and our valued partners who serve the island — both critical components of our business for more than 50 years,” said JAXPORT CEO Brian Taylor. “In addition, by supporting the vision of a business like Crowley and ensuring they remain successful here in Jacksonville, we are fulfilling our larger mission to create private sector prosperity through the use of our public seaport properties.
The new lease agreement becomes effective on Jan. 1, 2017, for a term of 20 years, plus two 10-year mutual renewal options, and calls for Crowley’s current 12-acre Talleyrand leasehold to be expanded to 50 acres.
“Over the years, Crowley has enjoyed an excellent working relationship with JAXPORT and that continues here today with this exciting development for the authority and for Crowley,” said John Hourihan, Crowley Senior Vice President and General Manager, Puerto Rico services.
Hourihan continued that the transition to Commitment-Class ships will require terminal space to allow Crowley to perform both lift-on/lift-off (Lo/Lo) and roll-on/roll-off (Ro/Ro) cargo operations. He looks forward to the company's new, faster, and larger ships.