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Crowley Puerto Rico Services makes additional investment in the form of a construction contract to improve and modernise its Isla Grande port terminal in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The company’s recent investment of $21m is a part of their strategy of upgrading Crowley’s terminal and shipping operations in Puerto Rico, following a $48.5m million construction contract awarded to LPC & D of Las Piedras last year to build a new 900ft long by 114ft wide concrete pier and all associated dredging to prepare the terminal for supporting the Commitment Class ships next year.

Puerto Rico-based Del Valle Group has been contracted to expand the terminal’s capacity to handle refrigerated containers.

"The improvements being made to the terminal will provide customers with faster gate times and overall shorter turn times for truckers."

Work under the contract will include dedicating 15ac of space to accommodate container stacking, introducing a new electrical substation to power three new ship-to-shore gantry cranes, building a new seven-lane terminal exit gate, and installing hardware to support a new terminal operating software system.

Crowley Puerto Rico vice-president Jose Ayala said: "The improvements being made to the terminal will provide customers with faster gate times and overall shorter turn times for truckers in and out of the terminal.

"The overall improved efficiency we will be able to achieve will further enhance the excellent service our customers already receive."

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Crowley collaborated with US-based Harbor Consulting Engineers as the lead design firm for the project, Wood Harbinger as electrical engineers, and AG Environmental PSC of San Juan as environmental engineers to design the terminal.

Harbor is serving as the engineer of record for the project, offering construction supervision services for its duration.

Crowley has also awarded a separate contract to construct and install three new ship-to-shore container gantry cranes as a part of their terminal expansion project.

Crowley Puerto Rico senior vice-president and general manager John Hourihan said: "With construction of both Commitment Class ships well underway, dredging at Isla Grande completed and pile driving operations associated with the pier ongoing, we are definitely beginning to see the results of our investment taking shape."

Image: Crowley awards contract for terminal expansion in Puerto Rico. Photo: courtesy of Crowley Maritime Corporation.