Crowley Maritime Transportation is hailing the Florida East Coast Railway decision to open its newest Intermodal Container Transport Facility at Port Everglades, saying the facility is already impacting its business.
The ICTF opened just one week ago, and Crowley said the company has already started talking to its customers about the facility. Crowley said breakbulk and out-of-guage customers are enthusiastic about the new facility, which will allow cargo to be unloaded and transported to rail and truck without having to be taken to a drayage yard.
“As one of the FEC’s largest intermodal customers, the location of the new ICTF is a win-win, not only for Crowley, but also for our shipping and logistics customers who are now benefitting from faster and more efficient cargo handling,” said Bob Weist, Crowley vice president. “The decision to open the facility in such close proximity to ours is illustrative of the importance of our partnership.”
The $72 million project was a public-private partnership between Broward County, the state of Florida and FEC. With FEC’s network of connections to Class I railroads, the ICTF connects Port Everglades to 70 percent of the U.S. population within four days. Crowley, one of the FEC’s largest intermodal customers, says it will take full advantage of expedited transport times.
The 43-acre intermodal hub increases FEC’s annual capacity from 100,000 lifts to 450,000 lifts, and the state is also hoping it will decrease congestion on the area’s roads as well. Before this week, containers were drayed to off-port rail terminals in Fort Lauderdale and Miami. The new facility will allow FEC to build 9,000-foot trains without blocking any city streets.