Crowley strengthens its presence in the Caribbean
By Jordan Williams on 7 August 2018
Crowley has taken delivery of its new LNG-powered El Coqui, now on its maiden voyage between Jacksonville, Fla and San Juan, Puerto Rico. 
  Jacksonville, Fla-based Crowley Maritime Corporation announced this week that its new liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessel, the El Coqui, has delivered its first cargo from Jacksonville to San Juan, Puerto Rico.  
  The El Coqui is one of the world’s first container/roll on-roll off or “ConRo” vessels powered by LNG, and is the lead ship in Crowley’s Commitment Class. The arrival of the El Coqui adds to a series of achievements for Crowley, such as the revamped Isla Grande terminal in San Juan, Puerto Rico, which now bolsters three new ship-to-shore cranes.
  Utilizing BlueWater Reporting's Carrier/Trade Routes Deployment Report, the chart above illustrates Crowley’s year-over-year capacity growth on the North America-Caribbean trade. The graph displays Crowley’s allocated capacities at the end of July of 2017 and 2018, on both southbound and northbound legs. 
  According to the data, Crowley added 153 TEUs to the North America to Caribbean portion of the trade, a year-over-year increase of 4.4 percent in allocated capacity. Similarly, the Caribbean to North America trade increased by a slightly larger margin of 337 TEUs or 10.2 percent. Overall, the North America-Caribbean trade saw a year-over-year capacity growth of 490 TEUs or 7.2 percent. 
  BlueWater Reporting’s Carrier Dashboard indicates that Crowley currently operates vessels on seven services on the North America-Caribbean trade and purchases slots on two others. In total, Crowley has 17 vessels in operation, totaling 18,420 TEUs of deployed capacity, solidifying their presence in the region.
  The El Coqui currently sails on the Crowley - South Atlantic/Puerto Rico Ro-Ro Service Loop 2 and will cut tansit times between Jacksonville and Puerto Rico in half, from around six days to three. 
  Crowley says that utilizing LNG powered vessels will eliminate particulate matter and sulphur oxide emissions, reduce nitrogen oxide by 92 percent, and carbon dioxide by 35 percent per container. Crowley is the latest in an expanding list of U.S. operators electing for clean burning LNG in the Jones Act market, which requires vessels moving cargo between the United States and Puerto Rico to be U.S.-owned, U.S.-built and U.S.-crewed. 
  Construction of a sister ship, the Taino, is well underway in Pascagoula, Mississippi, and is scheduled to enter service later this year. The ships will be bunkered at a shoreside facility at JAXPORT, in collaboration with Eagle LNG Partners LLC.