Crowley Marine Services tugs, once a fixture in San Francisco Bay from the early 1900s to 1996, have returned home.
Earlier this week Crowley re-launched its ship assist and escort service in the Port of Oakland with
two high horsepower tugs - the Tioga (Z drive -
4400 horsepower) and the Sea Robin
(twin screw - 5000 horsepower). Earlier
this week Crowley re-launched its ship assist and escort service in the Port
of Oakland with two high horsepower tugs - the Tioga (Z drive - 4400
horsepower) and the Sea Robin (twin screw - 5000 horsepower).
The company's Oakland operation is located at the 9th Avenue terminal
there Crowley is now providing traditional ship assist services to carriers,
typically container shipping companies, as they enter and leave the port and
its surrounding areas.
Crowley is no stranger to the San Francisco Bay area
. The company was
founded there in 1892 and provided ship assist services from
1900's until 1996 with its venerable "red stack" fleet of tugs. In addition,
Crowley's corporate headquarters remains in downtown Oakland.
"Crowley Maritime Corporation
has had roots in San Francisco since it was
founded there 112 years ago," said Tom Crowley Jr.
, Chairman, President and
CEO. "It is only fitting that we bring our ship assist operations back to
this port where it all started. Our customers have been asking us to bring
our high level of service back to the Bay Area; we listened and are excited
to be able once again to provide them with services
"In today's competitive ship assist market, it is important for us to be
able to provide full ship assist coverage
to our customers in all of the
West Coast ports in which they call," said Rob Grune
, Vice President and
General Manager, Ship Assist and Escort Services. "Our re-entry into
Oakland will enable us to do that".
"All of us here at Crowley are looking forward to working with the Bay Area
maritime community in providing high quality, reliable, safe ship assist
services," said Todd Busch, Director, Ship Assist and Escort Services.
Returning to Oakland would not have been possible without the support of the
company's operating unions, the International Organization of Masters, Mates
and Pilots (MMP) and the Inlandboatman's Union of the Pacific (IBU).
Working with these unions has enabled the company to ensure that that the
high level of service offered in its other ports will be provided in Oakland