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Monday, December 18, 2017

Crowley Maritime Corp News

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.

Webb Institute Selects Crowley Scholarship Recipients

Erin McElroy and Brian Mills (Photo: Webb Institute)

Webb Institute, a four-year college specializing in naval architecture and marine engineering, announced the 2014-2015 recipients of Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Thomas B. Crowley, Sr. Memorial Scholarship today. The school’s scholarship selection committee chose Erin McElroy, of Groton, Mass., and Brian Mills, Sanford, N.C., for their remarkable leadership qualities, academic excellence and an unprecedented commitment to the maritime industry. As chairman for both the social committee and Women of Webb, McElroy, (Class of 2015), is an active member of the school community.

Crowley Promotes Teng To Expanded Role

Crowley Maritime Corp. promoted Sandy Teng to director, product development within the company's Information Technology (IT) group. Teng, who works out of the Seattle office, will be responsible for working with all of Crowley's business units to evaluate and coordinate technology solutions. Teng joined the company's finance group in 1982, and since then she has held various positions in management reporting, business analysis and planning before joining the IT team in 1997.

Crowley Maritime Supports Arlington YMCA Project

Crowley Maritime Corp donates check & personnel will help in field enhancements to benefit more than 500 local children and adults. Children attending YMCA summer camps and playing on sports teams in the Arlington area will soon benefit from Fort Caroline field enhancements following a recent donation from Jacksonville-based Crowley Maritime Corp . A check will be presented by Crowley’s David Holden, director, human resources, to the YMCA during a ceremony scheduled for Sat., Jan. 12, at 10:00 a.m. on the field. Shortly thereafter, Crowley employees and other community volunteers will work together to lay new grass seed, install fencing, add an irrigation system and perform other tasks to improve the field’s safety and function.

Five More Tankers under Crowley Management

Photo: Arya Tankers

Crowley Accord Management Pvt. Ltd., the international ship management venture managed globally by Crowley Maritime Corp.’s ship management group, was awarded full technical management contracts for five new tankers. These tankers will be joined in the coming weeks by three more, bringing Crowley’s international ship management fleet to more than 70. The five products tankers brought under Crowley Accord management are the MT Dawn Haridwar, MT Dawn Mansarovar, MT Dawn Mathura, MT Dawn Madurai and MT Portland Pearl.

Crowley To Form New Subsidiary

Crowley Maritime Corp. said that upon the sale of its South American liner services to Hamburg Süd, it will operate its remaining Caribbean and Latin American services under a new name - Crowley Liner Services. The wholly owned subsidiary of Crowley Maritime will be divided into two separate operating units, Crowley Liner Services - Puerto Rico/Caribbean and Crowley Liner Services - Latin America. The company has established a revised target date of November 1 for the sale of its South America liner services to Hamburg Sud who will continue to operate the South America services under the Crowley American Transport brand name.

Crowley to Christen 3rd LNG-ready Product Tanker

Louisiana (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Maritime Corp. announced it will hold a christening ceremony Thursday, May 5 in New Orleans for the newly built Louisiana, the company’s third of four new Jones Act product tankers. The 600-foot-long, 50,000-dead-weight-ton (dwt), 330,000-barrel-capacity tanker will operate in the U.S. Gulf and is capable of carrying crude oil or refined petroleum products, as well as various other chemical products. Crowley has the option to convert the new tanker to liquefied natural gas (LNG) propulsion in the future…

Crowley Opens Government Services Office

Military Sealift Command vessel USNS Invincible (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Maritime Corp. has opened a new government services office in downtown Norfolk, Va. to help the company better serve government agencies such as the Military Sealift Command (MSC) and the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD). The new location will also help Crowley improve its service for the Norfolk Naval Base and several of Crowley managed ships located there, including three ROCON ships, five BOBO class ships and seven T-AGOS/T-AGM ships. The facility will staff government and technical management employees.

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.

U.S. Shipyard Delivers Tankship to Crowley

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard: Photo courtesy of APSI

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard delivers its first Veteran-class MT-46 product tanker to Crowley Maritime Corp. This is the thirteenth product tanker that the shipyard has completed and the seventeenth vessel overall. The product tankers are 600 feet long and have a cargo capacity of 46,000 dwt. The ship is named the Pennsylvania and is the first vessel that AKPS has delivered to Crowley. As stated in AKPS’s release on 21 August, 2012, Crowley will also take delivery of the next product tanker, Hull 018, when it is completed in February 2013.

Crowley Relocates DC Government Office

Photo: Crowley Maritime

To better serve its government customers, such as the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) and Naval Sea Systems Command, Crowley Maritime Corp. has moved its Washington, D.C., office to 100 M Street - adjacent to MARAD and the Navy Yard in the southeastern quadrant of the nation’s capital. This new location puts Crowley closer to its clients in the District of Columbia while maintaining close proximity to Congressional offices. It enables more networking with potential teaming partners, a distinction that’s important when pursuing large, complex government opportunities.

Crowley Marine Services Takes Delivery of First of Two 153 ft. Tugs

Crowley Marine Services (CMS) took delivery of Nanuq, the first of two 153-ft., 10,192 hp enhanced tractor tugs from Crowley Maritime Corp. subsidiary Vessel Management Services. Nanuq and her sister vessel Tan'erliq have been specially designed and developed for CMS under contract with Alyeska Pipeline Service Company for tanker escort operations in Valdez Harbor and Prince William Sound, Alaska. Because of the intended service environment, these vessels were designed to demanding specifications as the most powerful cycloidal propulsion tugs ever built, capable of a bollard pull of 208,000 lbs., and a vessel speed of 14.5 knots. In sea trials, the vessel was found to deliver in excess of 210,000 lbs. of bollard pull and a top vessel speed of just under 16 knots.

Crowley to Manage 4 Jones Act Ships for Pasha

Horizon Reliance (Photo courtesy of Crowley)

Crowley Maritime Corp.’s ship management group has been awarded a new contract with Sunrise Operations LLC, a subsidiary of The Pasha Group, of San Rafael, Calif., for the operation, crewing and maintenance of four Jones Act ships operating between the U.S. West Coast and Hawaii. The news follows the recent announcement that Pasha Hawaii, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Pasha Group, a family-owned global logistics company, will assume operations for all of Horizon Lines’ Hawaii business, including these four U.S.-flagged containerships.

Crowley Announces Restructuring

Crowley Maritime Corp. is planning a significant strategic restructuring that will result in a more decentralized ocean cargo transportation company once the sale of its South America liner services to Hamburg Sud is complete. Having completed this assignment, P. Elliott Burnside will leave the position of president of Crowley American Transport to establish his own industry consulting service, which Crowley will utilize. The company will not replace Burnside and will instead restructure its liner services into two major business units. Puerto Rico and Caribbean Liner services will be led by John Douglass, vice president and general manager…

Crowley Restructuring Announced

Crowley Maritime Corp. is planning a significant strategic restructuring that will result in a more decentralized ocean cargo transportation company once the sale of its South America liner services to Hamburg Sud is complete. Having completed this assignment, P. Elliott Burnside will leave the position of president of Crowley American Transport to establish his own industry consulting service, which Crowley will utilize. The company will not replace Burnside and will instead restructure its liner services into two major business units. Puerto Rico and Caribbean Liner services will be led by John Douglass, vice president and general manager…

Mahmood to Manage Marine Response Alliance

Samina Mahmood (Photo: Crowley)

Samina Mahmood, former commercial manager for TITAN Salvage, has been appointed manager for Marine Response Alliance, an association of U.S. emergency responders providing OPA 90 Salvage Marine Firefighting (SMFF). MRA, founded in 1994, combines experts in all facets of emergency response with salvage, firefighting and lightering equipment in all Captain of the Port Zones. Alliance members include TITAN, Crowley, Marine Pollution Control and McAllister Towing & Transportation.

Nalen Awarded Crowley Trophy

Charlie Nalen, vice president, Environmental Affairs Safety & Quality for Crowley Maritime Corp. was honored for his service with the 1999 Thomas Crowley Trophy, which is the company's highest honor. Nalen, who is the second employee to receive the honor this year, is credited with helping to establish an environmental management system, as well as spearheading and fast-tracking ISO and ISM certification processes for Crowley operations and vessels on both coasts and internationally. Prior to his 20-year tenure with the company, Nalen was the director of Vocational Education for the Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship, a seafarers International Union (SIU) training facility in Pitney Point, Md.

Crowley To Increase Central America Services

In order to better accommodate growing cargo volumes between the U.S., Mexico and Central America, Crowley Maritime Corp. is implementing several service enhancements this month that are beneficial to its customers. The company will add a third RoRo vessel to its service between Gulfport, Miss. and Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador during November. The addition of the new vessel will allow for a sailing every three days, instead of every five days, as well as boost available capacity in this Crowley trade lane by 50 percent. Crowley will also add a larger RoRo vessel between Port Everglades in South Florida and various Central American ports this month. The service features three weekly, fixed-day sailings.

Crowley Awarded MSC Contract for ROCON Fleet

Crowley Maritime Corp.’s government services group has been awarded a $130 million technical management contract for five U.S. government-owned, Military Sealift Command (MSC) Roll-On/Roll-Off and container ships (ROCON). The contract will see Crowley provide full turnkey operation and management of the fleet, including crewing and scheduled/unscheduled repair and drydocking services initially for one year with four, additional one-year options. The turnover phase for the ships began on October 1. Of the five ships, two will remain berthed in Jacksonville and three will be homeported in Norfolk – all within the service area of Crowley’s local offices. This contract will have a positive economic impact through the creation of several new jobs in both Jacksonville and Norfolk.

Hvide Marine Elects New General Counsel

Hvide Marine has appointed Alan R. Twaits as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary with responsibility for all legal activities of the company, its subsidiaries and affiliates. Twaits replaces Ronald J. Bjelland, who was appointed earlier this year and has since left the company due to health reasons. Prior to joining Hvide, Twaits was senior vice president, general counsel and secretary at Premier Cruise Lines. He has also held positions with Carnival Corp., Trusthouse Forte and Crowley Maritime Corp. As Hvide's general counsel, Twaits will have a significant role in installing and monitoring the company's Maritime Compliance Program.

Crowley Building Three PRTs for Alaska

Crowley Marine Services (CMS) has announced a contract to provide three new 140-ft. prevention and response tugs (PRTs) for the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company for use in Valdez Harbor and Prince William Sound, Alaska as part of its on-going fleet expansion and revitalization program. The PRTs are general purpose tugs powered by twin Caterpillar 3612B engines generating 10,192 hp driving two Kamewa Aquamaster azimuthing thrusters. The vessels will have oil spill recovery and storage capability for up to 43,000 gal. of recovered oil. Design features include accommodation for up to 16 persons, Schuyler fendering, a Markey TDS-40 towing winch, Step Warmfloor heated decking, and two oil spill recovery skiffs with boom.

Crowley Honored for Ops

A division of Crowley Maritime Corp. received the Department of Ecology's (Ecology) highest award today for excellence in tank-vessel marine safety and environmental stewardship. The Exceptional Compliance Program (ECOPRO) Award recognizes Crowley's Marine Transport Corp. subsidiary for its fleet of four articulated tug barges (ATBs). A specially equipped tug locks into a notch in the double-hulled barge's stern to create a single, hinged vessel. The set-up reduces the chances of the barge breaking loose and spilling oil, and provides a higher overall level of safety, reliability and efficiency. The voluntary spill-prevention program for tanker and tank-barge fleets requires member companies to meet 26 marine safety standards, among the world's most stringent.

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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