Crowley sends first ATB to Guantanamo Bay

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Crowley Maritime made its first delivery of petroleum products to the U.S. Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay this past weekend. The cargo was loaded in San Diego and transported to Cuba aboard Crowley’s ATB Coastal Reliance / 550-4.

The fuel delivery was made in support of Crowley customer Military Sealift Command (MSC), which will continue utilizing the ATB Coastal Reliance under a short-term contract to transport clean petroleum products between the Gulf and East coasts for the next several months, according to Crowley. Before serving MSC, the Coastal Reliance operated on the West Coast for nearly a decade.

“Crowley has been serving MSC and operating in the Caribbean Basin for decades in a variety of ways,” said Rob Grune, Crowley’s senior vice president and general manager, petroleum transportation, in a statement. “We are pleased to continue serving MSC with petroleum transportation services while also building on Crowley’s more than 10 years of containerized cargo transportation from the U.S. to Cuba.”

Crowley was the first U.S. carrier to obtain a license from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury in Washington, D.C., to provide regularly scheduled common carrier services for licensed cargo from the U.S. to Cuba, the company said. Crowley launched its Cuba shipping service in December 2001, becoming the first U.S. carrier to re-enter Cuba in nearly 40 years, and has maintained a regularly scheduled service ever since.

The Coastal Reliance/550-4 is one of four Crowley-owned and -operated 550 class ATBs. The 605’x78′ ATBs are approximately 20,000 DWTs. Built in 2001 and 2002, the 550-class ATBs have operated along the U.S. West Coast, Canadian west coast and Alaska. These vessels were developed and designed by Crowley specifically for West Coast operations and weather conditions, with safety features such as double hulls, inert gas generator systems, segregated ballast and radar gauging systems.

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