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Shipping Co. To Move Operations To JAXPORT

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Roy Crumpler

The Crowley Maritime Corporation is relocating all of its regional operations to the Port of Jacksonville.

Publicly-owned JAXPORT approved a new lease for the 123-year old shipping company Monday morning. Under the agreement, Crowley will relocate its Puerto Rican service from its private terminal to JAXPORT’s Tallyrand Terminal. There, Crowley will utilize JAXPORT’s modern electric container cranes for loading and unloading new, liquid-natural-gas-powered ships.

CEO Thomas Crowley says his workers will be retrained for operations at JAXPORT.

"The mode of the operations will change as we convert from the barges to the ships, but our labor force is very versatile," he said. "It will require some effort on our part, but we don’t see any dramatic impact to the workforce."

Crowley will also have 50 acres of leased space at the Tallyrand Terminal. The lease will go into effect Jan. 1, 2017 for a term of 20 years.

Peter Haden is an award-winning investigative reporter and photographer currently working with The Center for Investigative Reporting. His stories are featured in media outlets around the world including NPR, CNN en Español, ECTV Ukraine, USA Today, Qatar Gulf Times, and the Malaysia Star.