Crowley Puerto Rico Services has started construction works on a terminal expansion project for a new pier at its Isla Grande Terminal in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Valued at $48.5m, the project will involve building a new 900ft-long, 114ft-wide concrete pier apart from carrying out the associated dredging works.
The entire $500m project includes the construction of two new ships, the new pier, three new container cranes, new truck access gates, reefer plugs, new containers and container handling equipment.
Crowley has contracted Harbor Consulting Engineers as the engineer of record for the project and the duration of the construction. Puerto Rico-based L.P.C.& D. of Las Piedras will execute the construction project.
Additionally, under a separate contract Crowley will supply three new ship-to-shore container gantry cranes to the expanded terminal.
Crowley has acquired the necessary permits for the project, including those from the US Army Corps of Engineers as well as the other local agencies. Construction is scheduled to be completed in mid-2017.
Crowley Puerto Rico vice-president Jose 'Pache' Ayala said: "This important project represents close collaboration between private business and the Puerto Rico Ports Authority (PRPA) to make a major investment in the infrastructure of Puerto Rico.
"We are very pleased to be working with a Puerto Rico-based construction company that is utilising workers on the island and keeping the money in the local economy."
The new facility will house Crowley's two new Commitment Class liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered combination container roll-on / roll-off (ConRo) ships, which are being constructed by VT Halter Marine under a contract worth $350m.
The two C-Class ships will be named El Coquí and Taíno respectively. Construction of the first vessel of this category began in October 2014.
The first and second vessels are scheduled to be delivered to Crowley in the second and fourth quarter of 2017, respectively.
Image: The new facility will house Crowley's two new Commitment Class ships which are currently under construction at VT Halter Marine. Photo: © Crowley Maritime Corporation.