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Friday, December 15, 2017

Crowley Marine Services News

Crowley Marine Services Accepts Delivery of Tan'Erliq

Crowley Marine Services received delivery of Tan'erliq - the second of two new 10,192 hp tractor tugs from Crowley Maritime Corporation subsidiary, Vessel Management Services. Measuring 155 ft. in length, Tan'erliq and sister vessel Nanuq are the largest and strongest of the cycloidal tugs. The tugs, which together form the Prince William Sound Class, have specifically designed and developed form CMS under contract with Alyeska Pipeline Service Company for tanker escort and spill response operations in Valdez Harbor and Prince William Sound, Alaska.

Klenck Named VP at Crowley

Crowley announced that Joel Klenck has been promoted to vice president, ship assist and escort services, a part of Crowley's marine services segment, with overall responsibility for managing the company's growing tug services business from Southern California to Alaska. In his new position, Klenck will relocate from Jacksonville to Seattle and will report to John Douglass, senior vice president and general manager of Crowley's marine services segment. Klenck began his career with Crowley as a marketing analyst for the company's Puerto Rico and Caribbean liner services group in February 1999. In a series of subsequent promotions Klenck was appointed to vice president of pricing and yield management for the group.

Crowley Marine Services' Receives Environmental Protection Award

The U. S. Coast Guard presented Crowley Marine Services with the William M. Benkert Award, which is the premier national award recognizing excellence in marine environmental protection. The award was presented by Rear Admiral R.C. North, Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety and Environmental Protection, U.S. Conference in La Jolla, Calif. Charlie Nalen, vice president, Environmental Affairs, Safety & Quality for Crowley Maritime Corporation, was also in attendance to accept the award on behalf of the company.

Crowley Consolidates Environmental, Safety and Quality Assurance Programs

Charles Nalen, vice-president of environmental, safety and quality assurance for Crowley Marine Services, will expand his role and direct these programs under contract to other Crowley Maritime Corp. subsidiaries worldwide. Programs will include the expanded use of the ISO 9000 and Q1 Quality Management System, as well as other safety and environmental protection measures. In his new capacity, Nalen will expand his department to provide the Crowley Marine Services ESQA program to Crowley American Transport and Crowley Logistics, as well as their respective subsidiaries. Under Nalen's management, CMS has seen a continued reduction in personal injuries and property damage.

Crowley Marine Services Announces ISO/ISM Certification

Crowley Marine Services has achieved certification of more vessels under the ABS joint ISO/ISM quality and safety management program than any other tug and barge operator in the Americas. Crowley's extensive West Coast Harbor Services, Oil Transportation and Contract Services fleet and shoreside facilities together with its East Coast Contract Services, RoRo barges and Venezuela operations have been certified under the ABS joint ISO/ISM certification process. In addition to the ABS certification, Crowley has met all qualifications for the AWO Responsible Carrier Program certification. The ISO 9002 and ISM registration indicates the company's vessels, facilities and staff have met the rigorous international codes of quality and safety management standards.

Crowley Announces Management Team for Newly Formed Ship Assist and Escort Services Group

Crowley Maritime Corporation has announced the appointment of Robe Grune to the position of vice president and general manager of Crowley’s newly formed ship Assist and Escort Services based in Seattle. Grune is responsible for profit and loss for the Ships Assist and Escort Services group and reports directly to Tom Crowley, Jr., chairman, president and CEO of Crowley Maritime Corporation. Crowley announced the reorganization of its Crowley Marine Services subsidiary into three distinct operating groups in October, including Energy and Marine Services, Ship Assist and Escort Services and Petroleum Services. With present operations in San Diego…

Crowley Marine Services Receives Papu Sur

Crowley Marine Services Paraguay has accepted delivery of Papu Sur, the second of two new Papu-Class river push boats to be deployed in its Mercosur barge feeder service. With a fleet that includes two additional ocean tugs, Papu Viento and Papu Mar, Papu Sur will broaden the feeder service's daily sailings between Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Asuncion and other ports situated along the Parana, Paraguay and Uruguay river system. Four flat-deck ocean and river barges are also part of the new group of Sur vessels. Measuring 112 ft. in length, Papu Sur, along with sister vessel Papu Norte were designed and constructed for Crowley Marine's subsidiary, Vessel Management Services. Both vessels will be owned and operated for the Mercosur trades by Crowley's Paraguay S.R.L.

Crowley Christens Fourth of Six Harbor-Class Tractor Tugs

Crowley Marine Services christened the fourth of its new Harbor-Class tractor tugs in January. Faye Plummer performed the time-honored tradition of christening Leader. Leader is the fourth of six 105-ft. Harbor-Class tractor tugs designed and constructed for Vessel Management Services, Inc. (VMS), a Crowley Maritime Corporation subsidiary. VMS has entered into a long-term bareboat charter of Leader to Crowley Marine Services. Each of the six ship assist and escort tugs feature Voith Schneider twin cycloidal propulsion and a hydrofoil-shaped skeg that provides greatly improved steering, control and seakeeping ability when the vessel is running at high speeds in the skeg-first direction.

AWO Members Win Benkert Award

The USCG has honored AWO members Crowley Marine Services, Inc. and Southern Towing Company with the William M. Benkert Award for excellence in marine environmental protection. Benkert Awards for the year 2000 competition were presented in four categories: large and small vessel operating companies, and large and small marine facility operators. AWO member Crowley Marine Services, Inc., headquartered in Seattle, won the large vessel category. AWO member Southern Towing Company, based in Memphis, Tenn., shared the award for the small vessel category. Rear Admiral Robert C. North, assistant commandant for Marine Safety and Environmental Protection, presented the awards at the American Petroleum Institute Tanker Conference in La Jolla, California. The USCG's William M.

Crowley Promotes Dugan To Manager Oil Transportation

Chris Dugan has been promoted to manager, Oil Transportation for Crowley Marine Services in Seattle. Dugan began his career with Crowley in early 1997 as manager of Customer Service in Long Beach, Calif., in the company's Harbor Services business unit. He was later promoted to the position of sales manager in the Bulk Petroleum business unit in Seattle. Dugan holds a bachelors degree in Marine Transportation from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Crowley Increases Its Fleet

Crowley Marine Transport (CMT), the breakbulk shipping division of Crowley Marine Services, has added two larger capacity breakbulk ships, Baltimar Orion and Spear, to meet increasing customer demand. Providing an increased cargo capacity for CMT, Orion and Spear, which sail weekly from the Gulf Coast to Venezuela, Trinidad and Mexico, will supplement the current breakbulk vessels which have been in commission since last year.

Crowley Increases Its Fleet

Crowley Marine Transport (CMT), the breakbulk shipping division of Crowley Marine Services, has added two larger capacity breakbulk ships, Baltimar Orion and Spear, to meet increasing customer demand. Providing an increased cargo capacity for CMT, Orion and Spear, which sail weekly from the Gulf Coast to Venezuela, Trinidad and Mexico, will supplement the current breakbulk vessels which have been in commission since last year.

Crowley Scholarships to Four USMMA Cadets

From left to right: Vincent Policastro, Joshua Caan, Jenny Terpenning, Rebecca Snyder and Chandler Chiappe (Photo: Crowley)

Four U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) cadets were awarded with 2017 Thomas B. Crowley Memorial Scholarships during yesterday’s Containerization and Intermodal Institute’s Connie Awards luncheon in Newark, N.J. Jenny Terpenning, supervisor, marine recruiting at Crowley Maritime Corporation, presented the scholarships to Midshipmen (MIDN) Joshua Cann, Vincent Policastro, Rebecca Snyder and Benjamin Starr while also formally recognizing 2016 recipient Chandler Chiappe, all of whom were chosen based on their academic performance…

Shettig Promoted to VP at Crowley

Crowley Maritime Corporation announced that Jim Shettig has been promoted to vice president of the company's East Coast and Gulf contract services business. He will remain domiciled in Houston and continue to report to John Douglass, senior vice president and general manager of Crowley's marine services group. Shettig, who most recently served as general manager of East Coast and Gulf contract services, will now have profit and loss responsibilities for the business. His group provides a myriad of services to customers, including energy logistics, remote offshore drilling support, ocean towing and transportation and other energy support services. Shettig is an 18-year Crowley veteran.

Crowley’s Newest LNG-fueled ConRo Ship Launched

Crowley’s LNG-fueled ConRo ship, Taíno, was launched at VT Halter Marine (Photo: Crowley)

VT Halter Marine has launched the second of Crowley Maritime Corp.’s new Commitment Class ships, Taíno, one of the world’s first combination container/roll on-roll off (ConRo) vessels powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). Taíno will now proceed through the final topside construction and testing phase at the shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss., before beginning service in the U.S. Jones Act trade in 2018. She will join sister ship, El Coquí, which was launched earlier this year and is now in final testing prior to entering service in early 2018.

Titan Maritime Joins Marine Response Alliance

The directors of Seattle-based Marine Response Alliance LLC (MRA) announced that Titan Maritime LLC has joined the alliance as a full and equal member, effective immediately. Titan joins the other MRA member companies Marine Pollution Control Corporation (MPC) and Crowley Marine Services, Inc., to provide comprehensive emergency response services, offering OPA '90 compliant capabilities for rescue towing, lightering, fendering, salvage and firefighting services in all U.S. Captain of the Port zones. Anticipated shifts in the focus of federal regulation and recent developments in state regulation, particularly on the U.S. West Coast, have prompted MRA to expand and strengthen its capabilities.

Crowley Moves ExxonMobil Concrete Island Drilling

Crowley Marine Services' Energy and Marine Services business unit has successfully moved the 312-ft. (9.5-m) square concrete island drilling structure Orlan from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, to Sovietskaya Gavan in the Russian Far East for Sakhalin I Project operator, Exxon Neftegas Limited (ENL), a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corporation. The Orlan (ex Glomar Beaufort Sea I) Concrete Island Drilling System (CIDS) was purchased from Global Marine Drilling Company and will be used for oil production as part of the Sakhalin 1 project, offshore Russia. It was moved from its stack site near Northstar Island, off Prudhoe Bay using two Crowley Sea Victory Class 7,200 bhp twin screw oceangoing tugs with more than 110 tons bollard pull each.

Study Culminates In New Tug Contracts

Following a detailed six-month study assessing its contract towing requirements, Trailer Bridge, Inc. signed separate long-term agreements that match the best marine power units in the market with the company's vessel assets. 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.

Trailer Bridge Study Culminates In New Tug Contracts

Following a detailed six-month study assessing its contract towing requirements, Trailer Bridge, Inc. signed separate long-term agreements that match the best marine power units in the market with the company's vessel assets. In March 2001 Trailer Bridge finalized a long-term agreement with Moran Towing Corporation to exclusively utilize Moran's Heidi class 4,350 hp 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, Fla., and San Juan, PR, as well as Newark, NJ and San Juan, PR.

Grune To Lead Crowley Ship Assist and Escort Services Group

Crowley Maritime Corporation announced the appointment of Robe Grune to the position of Vice President and General Manager of Crowley's newly formed ship Assist and Escort Services based in Seattle. Grune is responsible for profit and loss for the Ships Assist and Escort Services group and reports directly to Tom Crowley, Jr., chairman, president and CEO of Crowley Maritime Corporation. Crowley announced the reorganization of its Crowley Marine Services subsidiary into three distinct operating groups in October, including Energy and Marine Services, Ship Assist and Escort Services and Petroleum Services. With present operations in San Diego…

Crowley Restructures Business Units

(Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Maritime Corporation announced it has restructured its business units as the company aims to increase its focus on government-related business and better align vessel operations and fuel distribution services. Over the coming months, the 125-year-old company will transition its non-liner and logistics business units into three main service lines: Crowley Shipping, Crowley Fuels and Crowley Solutions. “This plan facilitates a pivot towards growing the company’s government portfolio of work…

Dowd Promoted to V.P. Labor Relations for Crowley

Jerry Dowd has been promoted to Vice President of Labor Relations for Crowley Maritime Corporation and will now be responsible for the development and implementation of Crowley's overall labor strategy. He will oversee contract negotiations, union relationships and the day-to-day administration of collective bargaining agreements throughout the entire Crowley organization. Dowd will remain in Seattle where he will report to Bill Pennella, Crowley's Vice Chairman and Executive V.P. Reporting to Dowd will be both East and West Coast labor functions. Dowd joined Crowley in 1984 as Director of Personnel and Labor Relations for the company's…

Crowley To Acquire Marine Transport Corporation

Crowley Maritime Corporation and Marine Transport Corporation jointly announced that Crowley has agreed to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Marine Transport Corporation for $7.00 per share. Under the agreement entered into by the parties, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Crowley will commence a tender offer within the next 10 business days. The transaction is conditioned upon a minimum number of Marine Transport's shares being tendered, regulatory approvals, and other standard closing conditions. The tender offer is not conditioned upon financing. Thomas B. Crowley, Jr., Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Crowley, said "Our investment in Marine Transport is a unique opportunity for Crowley to add a complementary business line to our present maritime activities.

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