Crowley Announces Joint Venture with Ghana-Based IbisTek
(HOUSTON; Nov. 11, 2014) – Crowley Maritime Corp. and IbisTek, LLC, have announced the formation of a joint venture, called IbisTek Crowley Limited, to provide a comprehensive package of project logistics, energy support services and emergency response capabilities in Ghana, West Africa. The partnership, which meets the local standards required to be considered an “indigenous Ghanaian company,” leverages Crowley’s worldwide logistics footprint and project expertise and Ghana-based IbisTek’s existing relationships and customer base in the region.
The IbisTek Crowley office maximizes local participation in the oil and gas support sector through the staffing of Ghanaian national employees who will work closely with Crowley’s U.S. counterparts to ensure that the company’s culture and its values – which include safety, integrity and high performance – are fully adopted. This specialize team will be closely linked with Crowley’s existing Houston-based warehouse and distribution center, which also provides international project logistics and global freight management services.
“Crowley and IbisTek are uniquely suited to jointly serve these industries in Africa,” said Crowley’s Bleu Hillburn, director, logistics. “Crowley has provided turnkey solutions worldwide for many years utilizing the company’s diverse capabilities, assets and world-class project management skills. Our logistics team is very much looking forward to working with IbisTek to provide greater value to customers doing business in this region.”
“We are extremely excited to establish a joint venture with Crowley Maritime Corporation and their many years of proven experience within the maritime solutions, transportation and logistics industry. Our joint venture will bring tremendous opportunity for both companies and desired experience within the region.” said IbisTek’s Eric Akrofi, co-founder and director.
Formed in 2005, IbisTek is a wholly Ghanaian-owned company that provides packaged engineering solutions regionally. IbisTek Crowley’s new office is located at 29 Josif Broz, Tito Avenue Cantonment, Accra, and can be reached at +233 307 031 997.
Jacksonville-based Crowley Holdings Inc., a holding company of the 122-year-old Crowley Maritime Corporation, is a privately held family and employee-owned company. The company provides project solutions, energy and logistics services in domestic and international markets by means of six operating lines of business: Puerto Rico Liner Services, Caribbean and Latin America Liner Services, Logistics Services, Petroleum Services, Marine Services and Technical Services. Offered within these operating lines of business are: liner container shipping, logistics, contract towing and transportation; ship assist and escort; energy support; salvage and emergency response through its TITAN Salvage subsidiary; vessel management; vessel construction and naval architecture through its Jensen Maritime subsidiary; government services, and petroleum and chemical transportation, distribution and sales. Additional information about Crowley, its subsidiaries and business units may be found on the Internet at www.crowley.com.
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