Crowley delivers amusement park to the Dominican Republic just in time for the holiday season

The holidays will be a little brighter in the Dominican Republic this year thanks to Crowley as the city of Santo Domingo lights up with millions of neon lights and thousands of families gather to enjoy Iguana Park carnival festivities.

Crowley delivered an entire amusement park to Rio Haina, Dominican Republic for Amusements of America, the world’s largest traveling amusement company. All 56 pieces of amusement park rides and equipment were loaded onboard the Crowley Americas for the upcoming Iguana Park amusement park in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Iguana Park, which boasts 40 different rides and attractions, is the largest amusement park in the Caribbean. It opens on Thursday, Dec. 3.

This is the second year Crowley has handled the heavy and odd-sized cargo out of Port Everglades in Florida, which is reflective of the skill and professionalism of the company’s terminal and operations groups who handled the Roll On/Roll Off cargo with special care and attention.

The majority of the cargo was not enclosed in metal containers, but rather in mostly open flatbeds and open top trailers, which require the Ro/Ro vessel ramp angle to be correct at all times. Tides, ship trim and the ballast must be monitored constantly to avoid high centering of equipment. Special equipment and attachments must be used and sometimes designed to handle the unique needs of the cargo, explained Mike Hopkins, Crowley vice president of operations.

Marco Vivona of Amusements of America said Crowley was contracted because of the company’s service and delicate treatment of the cargo in 2008 and vessel schedule integrity.

For more information about Amusements of America or Iguana Park, visit www.amusementsofamerica.com or www.iguanapark.net, respectively.

Jacksonville-based Crowley Holdings Inc., a holding company of the 117-year-old Crowley Maritime Corporation, is a privately held family and employee-owned company. The company provides diversified transportation and logistics services in domestic and international markets by means of six operating lines of business: Puerto Rico/Caribbean Liner Services, Latin America Liner Services, Logistics Services, Petroleum Services, Marine Services and Technical Services. Offered within these operating lines of business are the following services: liner container shipping, logistics, contract towing and transportation; ship assist and escort; energy support; salvage and emergency response through its TITAN Salvage subsidiary; vessel management; vessel construction and naval architecture through its Jensen Maritime subsidiary; government services, and petroleum and chemical transportation, distribution and sales. Additional information about Crowley, its subsidiaries and business units may be found on the Internet at www.crowley.com.

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