(MIAMI; May 16, 2011) - Crowley Maritime Corp. announced today that the U.S. State Department has designated the company's Miami logistics warehouse as a Consolidated Receiving Point (CRP) facility. The CRP designation allows Crowley to act as a subcontractor, providing complete logistics services to the State Department for high-security U.S. Embassy construction and renovation projects around the world. These projects make up a $1.6 billion industry.

To be approved as a CRP, Crowley built a secure facility within the warehouse to the exact specifications of the State Department and only allows qualified employees with exclusive security clearance to work in the area.

Before Crowley was approved as a CRP warehouse, the company couldn't handle this type of sensitive cargo and often routed it to third-party CRP warehouses. Now, the cargo can be received, consolidated and dispatched all from one Crowley facility. The designation will also allow Crowley to perform complementary services for the State Department, including storage, inland movements, container loading, shipping, export docking, Customs brokerage and more.

"This new service underscores Crowley's commitment and capability in taking on even the most sophisticated private military and government projects," said Jay Brickman, vice president, government services. "The addition of this secure warehouse combined with our vast experience working with the government and handling challenging assignments, will provide greater value for the State Department as they embark on U.S. Embassy projects in the future."

The secure facility is the only one of its kind in Florida and one of only a few in the Southeastern U.S. Crowley selected Miami for the location of the facility because of its direct access to international sea and air transportation resources. The warehouse also serves as the Disaster Response Center for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and its employees are experienced in managing the high level of security the facility requires.

The State Department established its current protocols for Embassy construction and renovation in the 1980s when it discovered the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia, was bugged with listening devices. The building was destroyed and replaced with a new one, built with U.S. materials and labor. Other protocols were put into place to ensure additional security, including the mandate that only secure CRP facilities and qualified workers be involved in the shipping and logistics of project materials.

Jacksonville-based Crowley Holdings Inc., a holding company of the 119-year-old Crowley Maritime Corporation, is a privately held family and employee-owned company. The company provides marine solutions, 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: liner container and break-bulk shipping; logistics; contract towing and transportation; harbor ship assist and tanker 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.