GLT acquires Warehouse Barge – announces plans for Caribbean breakbulk/RORO service

The Great Lakes Towing Company (GLT), a leader in specialty maritime services including harbor towing, icebreaking, emergency response, vessel repair and construction, and machine shop services, today announced the acquisition of the Barge CRIMSON CLOVER from Crimson Shipping Company, Chickasaw, AL .

GLT has purchased the 270′ x 80′ fully enclosed deck vessel (a so-called “warehouse ship”) from Crimson Shipping and will charter the vessel to a newly formed operating company called Great Lakes East, LLC.
Great Lakes East, LLC (GLE) will launch a new domestic and international ocean transportation service that will essentially be a reactivation of the former Mobile, AL-based Crimson Shipping operations. However, GLE will move its primary loading port to Fernandina Beach, FL.

GLE is a US Flag, Jones Act compliant ocean freight carrier specializing in breakbulk, RORO/heavy-lift, PL-480, dry bulk, government and military, construction, aviation, energy and EXIM Bank project freight customers, with regular service to San Juan, PR, and on request to neighboring islands and other ports in the central Caribbean basin, Central America and the northern coast of South America. GLE is taking orders for the maiden voyage which will depart from Fernandina on June 19.

GLE partners with top terminal operators at the Port of Fernandina and San Juan to receive, load, unload and store weather-sensitive cargo in dockside warehouses. GLE is pleased to offer a service that utilizes the last mile on-dock rail in Fernandina and a strategic, niche loading port that is easily accessible from major highways in Northeast Florida.

GLE is ready for north or south sea transport of your breakbulk and RORO cargoes. For more information or a quote, please send your request to (email protected)Visit our homepage at or call (216) 367-8112.

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