Crowley Logistics has added 355 new refrigerated cargo containers to its equipment fleet to ensure equipment availability at origin for perishables moving through the cold chain. The new units, which are all 40-foot-long high cubes, are built to Crowley’s exacting standards.These units have wireless asset monitoring technology, which provides continuous monitoring as the reefers transit from origin to destination, both at sea and over land, to ensure the integrity of the cold chain the entire time goods are moving.
“We realize the importance of having the best refrigerated equipment in the right quantities – all strategically positioned to meet customers’ needs during peak perishables season and throughout the rest of the year,” said Brett Bennett, senior vice president and general manager, Crowley Logistics. “It is a priority for us to ensure we are meeting all their needs for reliable logistics services, including the highest level of available equipment.”
Crowley’s equipment, combined with grower and farm supply chain services such as load planning and equipment sanitization, make Crowley a trusted partner for perishables shippers. In addition to providing in-transit services such as location and temperature monitoring, the company offers customs clearance, fumigation options, refrigerated storage and last-mile delivery to ensure quality through single-source accountability.
The 355 new containers arrived in Santo Tomas, Guatemala, last week and are already being used in support of Central America’s ongoing heavy northbound reefer season. The new containers are equipped with environmentally friendly Star Cool refrigeration units.
Additionally, the company expanded its on-terminal, perishables handling capabilities by constructing a new USDA inspection dock in Port Everglades, Fla., earlier this year. The $1.6 million dock has capacity for 80 refrigerated containers, more than double the previous size, to better serve perishable shippers moving fruits and vegetables into the U.S. The dock also has individual, shoreside power plugs for each reefer, allowing for continuous temperature control, cutting cargo handling time and the need to move the container to a separate location for separate USDA inspections.
Jacksonville-based Crowley Holdings Inc., a holding company of the 128-year-old Crowley Maritime Corporation, is a privately held family- and employee-owned company that provides worldwide logistics, government, marine and energy solutions. Crowley operates with four business units. Crowley Logistics is a full-service end-to end supply chain and managed transportation division that also includes ocean liner cargo services utilizing some company-owned vessels. Crowley Shipping encompasses ownership, operations and management of conventional and dual-fuel vessels. Crowley Fuels provides petroleum transportation, distribution and sales primarily throughout Alaska. Crowley Solutions focuses on global government services and program management, government ship management, expeditionary logistics and government-oriented freight transportation services.
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