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Winter 2019

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12 Following years of planning, investment and construction to transform its supply chain services between the U.S. mainland and Puerto Rico to world-class standards, Crowley saw its vision realized in 2018. And as the sun splashed the St. Johns River on the morning of Oct. 20 in Jacksonville, Fla., one of the keystones of this transformation – El Coquí, the first-of-its-kind combination container/roll-on roll-off "ConRo" ship powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) – was christened. When sponsor Christine Crowley, company board member and spouse of Chairman and CEO Tom Crowley, broke the ceremonial bottle of champagne against the ship, the achievement was noted far beyond the 350 people in attendance and the maritime industry in general. It drew praise from the White House, members of Congress, state and local officials, unionized labor and others. COVER STORY Crowley's new LNG-powered ships herald an innovative transformation of end-to-end supply chain services for Puerto Rico. "El Coquí represents not just the $3 billion investment that Crowley has made in this industry in recent years, it really is the future of the maritime industry itself," Alexander B. Gray, special assistant to the President for the Defense Industrial Base at the White House, told attendees at the christening. "The vessel is powered by liquefied natural gas. It's the cleanest fossil fuel available. It will serve as a shining example of the technological innovation that's going to allow this industry to remain a global leader for decades to come." Featuring fast, 55-hour transits and diverse cargo carrying capabilities, the new Commitment Class ship completed her first sailing on its dedicated route between the Port of Jacksonville (JAXPORT) and San Juan on July 30, 2018. The maiden voyage brought cargo to Crowley's modernized Isla Grande Terminal, where supply chain enhancements include a new 900-foot pier, three new gantry cranes, improved access-egress gates, a high- CROWLEY MARITIME CORPORATION THE FUTURE IS NOW: Story by David DeCamp CONROS ENTER SERVICE

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