Crowley Maritime Corp. is launching a less-than-container load service from the Midwest to Caribbean and Central American ports.

Crowley starts Midwest less-than-container-load serviceOn June 17, the Jacksonville, Fla.-based Crowley’s logistics group started the weekly service from Chicago that utilizes Crowley’s vessels and a single company point of contact to ensure effective and reliable movement, according to a news release.

The service aims to offer efficient and reliable logistics services throughout the Midwest and should help Crowley’s existing customers, non-vessel operators, freight forwarders and individuals needing to ship partial container loads, according to the release.

The new service complements Crowley’s traditional full container load vessel service with regular sailings from Jacksonville, Fla., and Pennsauken, N.J., to Puerto Rico and from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Central America and the Caribbean.