Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sea Jaguar Starts with a Splash Merchant Ship Aims for Profits

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sea Jaguar Starts with a Splash Merchant Ship Aims for Profits

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It wasn't Jacksonville's typical Sunday afternoon riverfront

attraction. It was, well, a ship. And not a flashy cruise ship

or battleship or monster yacht, which have all been displayed

before downtown.

It was a container ship, a rectangular mammoth, a rather

mundane-looking, albeit freshly painted, vessel about two-thirds

packed with cargo on its way to South America.

But the new ship, the Sea Jaguar, is expected to be a big

moneymaker for its owner, Crowley Maritime Corp. shipping line,

as well as the Jacksonville Port Authority and the city as a

whole.

So Crowley threw a party yesterday at the riverfront behind the

Daniel State Office Building, complete with live music, balloons

for the kids, face-painting, clowns and more. About 1,400

people, mostly Crowley employees, were expected to show up.

"We wanted to expose the vessel to all of our 1,210 employees;

many of these people are full-time administrative office

employees, and they never get to see a ship like this," said P.

Elliott Burnside, president of Crowley American Transport.

The ship, which was recently built in Korea, is on its maiden

voyage. Having stopped in Philadelphia; Baltimore; Norfolk, Va.;

and Jacksonville, the ship left yesterday afternoon for South

America.

The Sea Jaguar can carry 2,100 20-foot tractor-trailer-type

containers and can travel about 21 knots (18.75 mph) at sea,

making it one of the largest and fastest container ships

available.

The Sea Jaguar is the first of three CAT-Class ships that

Crowley is putting into service in the next three months. The

other two are the Sea Lynx and Sea Cougar. The ships replace

older vessels that carry 1,300 containers and travel 18 knots

(16 mph).

With the new ships, Crowley officials say the company's

expanded cargo transport operations will result in a total

$191. …

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