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Trailer Bridge Study Culminates in New Tug Contracts.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 11, 2001

Following a detailed six-month study assessing its contract towing requirements, Trailer Bridge, Inc. (NASDAQ National Market: TRBR) today announced the signing of separate long-term agreements that match the best marine power units in the market with the Company's vessel assets.

Trailer Bridge's efforts in this regard have already produced 100% on-time arrivals for its Triplestack Box Carrier(R) (TBC) vessels and schedule improvement is now expected for the Company's Tripledeck Roll On/Roll Off vessels.

In March 2001 Trailer Bridge finalized a long-term agreement with Moran Towing Corporation to exclusively utilize Moran's Heidi class 4,350 horsepower tugs to pull all four of the TBC's currently deployed by Trailer Bridge. This decision followed the excellent results produced through the Company's use of two Heidi class tugs. The Company's TBC vessels are utilized for weekly services between Jacksonville, FL and San Juan, PR, as well as Newark, NJ and San Juan, PR.

Ed Morley, Trailer Bridge's Vice President of Marine Operations, stated, "The Heidi class tugs have performed flawlessly for us since March. We have experienced 100% on time arrivals with the Heidi class tug and TBC combination." Trailer Bridge's TBC vessels are the first vessels built for the U.S./Puerto Rico trade in over 15 years. The TBCs are specifically designed for efficient ocean and cargo operations and are the first vessels in the world to exclusively carry 53-foot high cube containers.

Today, Trailer Bridge announced that it has finalized a long-term agreement with Crowley Marine Services. Under this agreement, Crowley Marine Services will provide two Invader class 7,200 horsepower tugs to pull Trailer Bridge's two Triple Deck Roll On/Roll Off vessels between Jacksonville and San Juan. "The Invader class tugs were specifically designed and built to efficiently tow very large Roll On/Roll Off vessels. Our vessels are 736-feet long and over three stories tall, and the extraordinary bollard pull of the Invader class tugs, as well as excellent crew experience in long haul liner tows, will serve us and our customers well," explained Mr. Morley. The first Invader class tug will begin service on July 20 from Jacksonville, towing the SAN JUAN JAX BRIDGE. A week later, the second Invader class tug will enter service with the JAX SAN JUAN BRIDGE.

"These new tugs will continue to improve on our schedule integrity. In addition to benefiting our customers and us, both the Moran Heidi class and Crowley Marine Services Invader class tugs burn a cleaner distillate fuel that benefits the environments in which we operate. We are committed to providing Puerto Rico with an efficient, safe and environmentally superior service," stated John D. McCown, Trailer Bridge's Chairman and CEO. New research indicates that Puerto Rico freight moved on vessels that utilize the cleaner distillate fuel results, on a per unit basis, in up to 14 times less particulate matter emissions than freight moved on vessels utilizing dirty residual fuel. Trailer Bridge believes vessel emissions are an important and growing issue. Underscoring their commitment to the environment, Trailer Bridge joined the U.S. EPA's Climate Wise program in March 2000, the only marine carrier to have done so.

Trailer Bridge provides integrated trucking and marine freight service to and from all points in the lower 48 states and Puerto Rico, bringing efficiency, environmental and safety benefits to domestic cargo in that traffic lane. This total transportation system utilizes its own trucks, drivers, trailers, containers, U.S. flag vessels and marine facilities in Jacksonville, FL, New York and San Juan. The Company offers twice weekly sailings between Jacksonville and San Juan, and weekly service between New York and San Juan. Trailer Bridge's founder was Malcom P. McLean, the transportation pioneer who invented containerization forty years ago. Additional information on Trailer Bridge is available at the www.trailerbridge.com website.

This press release contains statements that constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The matters discussed in this press release include statements regarding the intent, belief or current expectations of the Company, its directors or its officers with respect to the future operating performance of the Company. Investors are cautioned that any such forward looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties, and that actual results may differ materially from those in the forward looking statements as a result of various factors. Without limitation, these risks and uncertainties include the risks of economic recessions, changes in demand for transportation services offered by the Company, and changes in rate levels for transportation services offered by the Company.
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