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Sunday, September 22, 2019

Crowley Maritime News

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Aurelius Backs Ardent Buyout

Alternative direct lender AURELIUS Finance Company has provided financing to support the buy-out of emergency management and offshore decommissioning company Ardent from co-owners Svitzer, a global towage operator, and Crowley Holdings, a holding company of international marine and logistics services provider Crowley Maritime Corporation.The deal will see Ardent’s senior management team acquire a shareholding in the company. The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed…

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Crowley Awards Scholarships to Four Cal Maritime Students

Crowley Maritime Corp. awarded Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships to four California State University Maritime Academy (CMA) cadets at the Containerization and Intermodal Institute’s Connie Awards last night in Long Beach, Calif.The recipients earned the scholarships based on their academic achievement, financial need and their interest in pursuing careers at sea.Spencer Hoffman, a third-year student from Loomis, Calif., is currently a junior studying marine transportation. He serves as a cadet ambassador for the academy.

Ronald Baczkowski is the President and Chief Executive Officer of VT Halter Marine, Inc.

Shipbuilding Interview: Ron Baczkowski, VT Halter

VT Halter in Pascagoula, MS has been on a strong run, capped by its winning the high-profile contract to build the U.S. Coast Guard’s next generation of icebreakers. Maritime Reporter recently spoke with Ron Baczkowski, President and CEO, VT Halter Marine, for insights on the shipyard’s recent success and future prospects. Globally, the shipbuilding industry has gone through some ‘interesting’ times of late. How has it looked from your perspective?The shipbuilding market and activity at VT Halter during the past 12 months has been dynamic.

Crowley Announces Additional Promotions

Crowley Maritime Corp. announced new leaders in its Solutions group to support the continuing focus and growth in its government service offerings. This enhanced alignment will leverage commercial best practices in the transportation, energy and technology sectors to drive innovation and value for customers in the public sector.Chris Goss has been promoted from director to vice president of business development, to lead contract capture and proposals, and expeditionary logistics…

left to right are: Port Captain Thomas LeBlanc, Chambers, Captain Christopher Menezes and Captain Robert Wirtanen. (Photo: Crowley)

CSA Honors Crowley Vessels for Safe Ops

The Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) honored 104 vessels owned and/or managed by Crowley Maritime Corporation with annual Jones F. Devlin Awards in recognition of their combined 737 years of incident-free service through 2018.Of the 104 vessels awarded, 27 have gone without an incident for 10 or more years, including the following vessels:•Valdez Star, 28 years;•Gus E, MV Chief, MV Guide, Roger E, each with 20 years; MV Aku, MV Veteran, and MV Vigilant, each with 19 years…

Chris Connor, AAPA's incoming CEO

AAPA Selects Christopher Connor as its New CEO

Former ocean carrier executive is association’s unanimous choice.The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), the unified and recognized voice of seaports in the Americas, announced today that it has unanimously chosen Christopher J. Connor as the association’s next president and chief executive officer.Mr. Connor, the former Global CEO of Wallenius Wilhemsen Logistics (WWL) will begin transitioning into his new role on September 23, eventually succeeding Kurt Nagle, AAPA’s president and CEO since 1995.Mr.

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Coast Guard Foundation Presents Award to Crowley

The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, recently recognized Chairman and CEO Tom Crowley Jr. and Crowley Maritime Corporation for more than 30 years of support at its 25th Tribute to the Coast Guard Seventh District event in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The event, originally scheduled for late January but postponed due to the partial government shutdown, was held April 18. The rescheduled date did nothing to dampen spirits…

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Zier Joins Crowley Offshore Services

Crowley Maritime Corp. has appointed Jonathan Zier manager of business development in Houston.Zier will assist customers globally with marine transportation projects such as sealifts and beach-landings, as well as offshore and coastal towing and installation of rigs, spars and other structures. He will also be responsible for providing solutions for alternative energy projects such as liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals, offshore wind power generation, and other projects requiring offshore or coastal equipment and expertise.Zier will report to Johan Sperling…

Scott Merritt, former Chief Operating Officer for Foss Maritime Company, LLC, was elected Chairman of AWO.

AWO Elects Foss Maritime's Merritt as Chair

The members of the American Waterways Operators, the national tugboat, towboat and barge industry association, elected a new slate of leaders earlier this month during the association's annual Spring Convention held in Washington, D.C. Scott Merritt, former Chief Operating Officer for Foss Maritime Company, LLC, was elected Chairman. Arthur F. Mead, Vice President and General Counsel at Crowley Maritime Corporation, was elected Vice Chairman. Mr. Merritt succeeds outgoing Chairman Tom Marian…

Sandra Goranovic (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Shipping Promotes Goranovic

Crowley Maritime Corp. has announced that Sandra Goranovic has been promoted to vice president of finance and accounting for its Crowley Shipping business unit.In her expanded role as part of the Crowley Shipping leadership team, Goranovic will direct the business unit’s finance and accounting strategies, practices and planning. She will continue reporting to Rob Grune, senior vice president and general manager.Her responsibilities include analysis of the business unit profits…

Ira Douglas (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Promotes Douglas

Crowley Maritime Corp. has promoted Ira Douglas to vice president, labor relations, to lead the company’s relationships, operating agreements and partnerships with unions representing seafarers, terminal stevedores and truck drivers.Douglas, formerly director of labor relations, will continue to be based in the company’s Jacksonville office and report to Bill Pennella, vice chairman and executive vice president.Crowley works with seven unions throughout the country that support safe and reliable working environments for employees and quality…

Paul Doell (Photo: AMO)

Seafarers’ House to Honor AMO's Doell

Paul Doell, National President of the American Maritime Officers (AMO), has been selected as the recipient of Seafarers’ House International Golden Compass Award for 2019.The award is given each year to those who have achieved distinction in the maritime world, those whose vocation or avocation has been the sea, or those who have ministered to or otherwise assisted seafarers.Doell, who heads the nation’s largest union of licensed seagoing professionals, has served the organization for 47 years.

The ship, crew, terminal team and Crowley.

Crowley Christens LNG-Powered M/V Taíno

Event heralds new era of world-class supply chain service. Crowley Maritime Corp. christened the U.S.-flag combination container/roll on-roll off (ConRo) ship MV Taíno today in San Juan, where the company’s investments have ushered in a new era of world-class supply chain services in the U.S. mainland-Puerto Rico trade. Clara Crowley, daughter of Chairman and CEO Tom Crowley and board member Christine Crowley, served as the ship’s sponsor and broke the ceremonial bottle of champagne on the bow of MV Taíno at the company’s Isla Grande Terminal before several hundred employees…

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Jensen Maritime Provides Design for Shaver's New Tugboat

Jensen Maritime, Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering company, has provided the detailed design for Shaver Transportation Company’s new, Z-drive tug – Samantha S. The multi-purpose tug was built at Diversified Marine Inc., in Portland, Ore., and is operating along the West Coast. The tug is ABS-classed and carries a FFV1 firefighting notation.The 112-foot by 44-foot tug has a 22-foot draft, was built for escort, ocean towing and ship assist, and has firefighting capabilities if needed. The tug features a raised pilot house and a squared forward end.

Tiffanny King (Left), Jeannie Stewart (Right) (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Promotes King and Stewart

Crowley Maritime Corp. has announced the promotion of Tiffanny King and Jeannie Stewart to the positions of vice president of People Services. While each has different areas of focus, both will ultimately support Crowley’s mission of ensuring high-performance and employee development across the company. King and Stewart report to Carl Fox, senior vice president, corporate services, in Jacksonville, where all are based.In her new position, King has responsibility for human resources, compensation and employee health and well being.

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Crowley’s LNG-Fueled ConRo Completes Maiden Voyage

The second of Crowley Maritime Corp.’s new combination container/roll-on roll-off “ConRo” ships - MV Taíno, one of the first of its kind to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) - completed its maiden voyage to Puerto Rico on Friday morning, Jan. 11. MV Taíno, which departed Jan. 8 from its mainland homeport of Jacksonville, Fla. (JAXPORT), is the second of two ConRo vessels constructed for Crowley. Sister ship MV El Coquí began its first-in-class service in July 2018.The ships…

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Coast Guard Proposes Annual Great Lakes Pilotage Increase

“When somebody says it’s not about the money, it’s about the money.” – H.L. Mencken, American journalist and essayist, 1880-1956.This report is about Great Lakes pilotage rates. It’s all about the money. In fact, it’s hard to find someone who even suggests that it’s not about the money.For fifty or so Great Lakes pilots, it’s about cold hard cash: now. For others, say, vessel owners, it’s about wasted resources, about lost chances for a more efficient and sustainable system; “opportunity costs,” as economists like to say.

Crowley's LNG fueled con/ro ship El Coqui, arriving at Puerto Rico for the first time. (Photo courtesy Crowley)

For JAXPORT, LNG Spells Success

‘A thousand firsts’ and a constantly growing list of players underscores the rapid development of LNG as a fuel – especially along the East Coast of the United States.Click on the headlines for the phrase “LNG Bunkering” and you immediately learn that it is an industry of a thousand firsts and a constantly growing list of players.“Russia's Novatek ships first LNG cargo to China via Arctic; Yamal LNG ships first LNG cargo to Spain; Qatar ships first LNG to Japan, signs accord; Japan orders its first LNG bunker vessel…

Parker Harrison was named Crowley Maritime's SVP of procurement and risk management. (Photo: Crowley Maritime)

Crowley Promotes Harrison

Crowley Maritime appointed Parker Harrison to its leadership team as senior vice president of procurement and risk management, effective Jan. 1, 2019. Harrison, former VP of procurement, will continue to be based at the company’s headquarters in Jacksonville, and will report to Bill Pennella, vice chairman and executive vice president.In her new role Harrison will work across all of Crowley’s business units to strategically align risk management functions while continuing the company’s procurement transformation into a strategic center-led competency.

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Crowley Takes Delivery of Second LNG-Powered ConRo Ship

Crowley Maritime Corp. has taken delivery of Taíno – the second of two of the world’s first combination container/roll on-roll off (ConRo) ships powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) – from shipbuilder VT Halter Marine Inc., of Pascagoula, Miss.Taíno will soon join sister ship El Coquí, which was delivered in July, in providing fast, reliable and environmentally friendly shipping and logistics services between Jacksonville, Fla., and San Juan, Puerto Rico. This major milestone marks the final chapter in construction of Crowley’s $550 million investment in the two newly built…

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Crowley’s LNG-powered ConRo Ship Enters Service

Crowley Maritime Corp.’s new container/roll on-roll off (ConRo) ship El Coquí delivered its first cargo from Jacksonville, Fla., to the company’s Isla Grande Terminal in San Juan yesterday – a milestone in the company’s transformation of its U.S. mainland-Puerto Rico logistics services.“Increasing supply chain velocity while reducing customers’ landed costs was the core reason for our $550 million investment in this important service,” said Tom Crowley, company chairman and CEO.

Colby Weik  (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Awards Scholarships to Two Williams-Mystic Students

Two Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program students have been awarded scholarships by Crowley Maritime Corporation. Molly Tucker and Colby Weik were each chosen for their academic excellence, high morale and community involvement. The students also exhibited strong leadership qualities and were identified as articulate spokespeople for maritime education.Tucker is a sophomore at Pomona College in California, where she studies environmental analysis. Weik is a sophomore business major at Wheaton College in Massachusetts.

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Crowley Urges Against Pilotage Fee Hike in Port Everglades

Port Everglades' largest tenant is urging the Florida Board of Pilot Commissioners to reject a proposed fee increase for harbor pilot services that it says would unfairly raise average pilotage costs more than 100 percent for shipping lines that call frequently at the port.While the proposed fee structure would decrease fees for cruise ships, it would hike the costs for companies that operate frequent-call feeder vessels that sail in and out of Port Everglades, Crowley Maritime Corporation said in a statement.

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Crowley Awards Scholarships to Two Webb Students

Webb Institute, a four-year college specializing in naval architecture and marine engineering, has announced that the 2018-19 academic year recipients of Crowley Maritime Corporation’s Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship are Taylor Campbell (Class of 2019) and Reneé Tremblay (Class of 2020).Webb’s scholarship selection committee chose Tremblay of Bristol, R.I., and Campbell of Altoona, Pa., for their hard work, academic excellence, volunteer efforts and the superb leadership…

El Coquí entering San Juan (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Christens LNG ConRo El Coquí

Crowley Maritime Corp. on Saturday christened its Commitment Class combination container/roll on-roll off (ConRo) ship El Coquí, which is among the first of its kind to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).The Jones Act compliant vessel is the first of two built as part of Crowley’s Commitment Class project and a key new component in the company’s supply chain transformation in the U.S. mainland-Puerto Rico trade. Sister ship Taíno is in the final phases of construction and testing at VT Halter Marine’s shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss.

Gulfport as it appears today.

Gulfport’s Long Road Back From Hurricane Katrina

When Jonathan Daniels, executive director of the Mississippi State Port Authority at Gulfport spoke to the audience at the annual state of the port luncheon July 27, 2018 at the newly rebuilt Island View Casino, he had a lot to offer in terms of jobs. And he had two aces in the hole: SeaOne, an untested compressed liquefied gas company and Yilport, a terminal company operated by an ambitious Turkish port developer. Both had letters of intent dating back two years with much to do.As has been the case since before Daniels took over from Don Allee in 2013…