Norman Mineta, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, presented one of two United Seamen's Service 2002 Admiral of the Ocean Sea (AOTOS) Awards to Tom Crowley Jr., Chairman, President and CEO of Crowley Maritime, at the Sheraton New York Hotel
An AOTOS award was also presented to Capt. Timothy A. Brown, President of the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots, ILA, AFL-CIO. The AOTOS award, the maritime industry's most prestigious recognition, honors those within the shipping industry who have made significant contributions to American shipping and American Seafarers. The men were chosen from among a group, which was solicited by USS from more than 160 maritime management, labor, and government officials.
"I've always thought of this award as honoring a lifetime of achievement in the maritime industry," said Crowley in his acceptance speech. " I think about the people who have received this honor before - certainly my father in 1988, Malcom McLean in 1984 and many others. These are people who devoted much of their lives to this industry, were pioneers and accomplished some very amazing things. Toward the end of their long and distinguished careers, this very fine organization would put them in a tuxedo and recognize them for what they've done." "I hope you're not trying to tell me something by giving me this award now" Crowley quipped. "Please don't count me out quite yet. I've got a ways to go. Our company is on the verge of some very exciting things."
Crowley praised company employees throughout his acceptance speech.
"What our company has accomplished over the years would not have been possible without our thousands of dedicated Crowley employees around the world," he said. "Their commitment to excellence, record of accomplishment and loyalty to the company, allow me to stand before you tonight to accept this award."
All proceeds from the AOTOS awards banquet benefit USS community services abroad for the U.S. merchant marine. The USS promotes the welfare of American seafarers and their dependents, seafarers of all nations, U.S. government, military and civilian personnel and others engaged in the maritime industry.