July 22 - Crowley Maritime Corporation has said that the opening of Florida East Coast Railway's (FEC) new intermodal container transfer facility (ICTF) is allowing the company to handle heavy breakbulk and OOG cargo more efficiently and cost effectively.

The ICTF is adjacent to Crowley's Port Everglades terminal and so a shorter distance is required for transit to the railhead.

"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's vice president.

"Our break bulk and out-of-gauge customers are particularly enthusiastic about being able to have their cargo off the ship and on the rail in a fraction of the time," added Weist.

By diverting an estimated 180,000 trucks from the roads by 2029, the ICTF is expected to reduce congestion on interstate highways and local roadways and reduce harmful air emissions.

FEC plans to relocate its existing domestic intermodal service from Fort Lauderdale to the ICTF at Port Everglades, which is also expected to improve traffic flow near the area.