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Crowley Delivers Second of Three Prevention and Response Tugs to Alyeska

SEATTLE – June 20, 2000) Crowley Marine Services has delivered the ATTENTIVE, the second of three 140-foot, 10,000-horsepower Prevention and Response Tugs (PRTs), to Alyeska Pipeline Service Company in Valdez, Alaska.

The ATTENTIVE and her two sister ships – ALERT and AWARE have been specifically designed and developed for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company by Crowley for use in the Trans Alaska Pipeline System trade. The ALERT was deployed in February. The AWARE is scheduled to be delivered to Alyeska in July.

The three PRTs will join Alyeska’s Ship Escort Response Vessel System (SERVS), serving as tanker escorts in Prince William Sound.

Alyeska/SERVS is the largest oil spill prevention and response organization in the world. The mission of Alyeska/SERVS is to prevent oil spills by assisting tankers in safe navigation through Prince William Sound, and to protect the environment by providing rapid and effective response services to the Valdez Marine Terminal and Alaska crude oil shippers.

“With its extreme weather conditions, Prince William Sound can be a very rough place to work, said Dan Hisey, Chief Operating Officer of Alyeska Pipeline. Crowley Marine Services has exceeded our expectations with these remarkable tugs. We are proud to welcome the ATTENTIVE to our Ship Escort and Response Vessel System fleet.”

During her sea trials, the ATTENTIVE generated a certified bollard pull of 305,000 pounds and a free running speed in excess of 17 knots. The PRTs are powered by twin Caterpillar 3612B engines generating the combined 10,192 horsepower driving two Kamewa Aquamaster azimuthing thrusters. They are also equipped for firefighting, emergency response and oil spill recovery equipment.

“These vessels will play an important role in safeguarding Prince William Sound for many years to come,” said Tom Crowley, Jr., Chairman, President and CEO of Crowley Maritime Corporation, CMS’s parent company.

“Crowley is proud to continue its longstanding and mutually beneficial relationship with the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company. We are committed to providing these and other outstanding new vessels to the Alyeska/SERVS fleet along with the highest levels of customer service.”

The three PRTs were designed by Seattle-based Guido Perla and Associates and built at Dakota Creek Shipyard in Anacortes, Wash., for Vessel Management Services, a Crowley Maritime Corporation subsidiary that owns and leases vessels. The vessels have oil spill recovery and storage capability for up to 43,000 gallons of recovered oil. Design features include accommodations for up to 16 personnel, Schuyler fendering, a Markey TDS-40 towing winch, Step Warmfloor ™ heated decking, 3,000 feet of oil recovery boom, and on-deck stowage for two oil spill recovery skiffs.

Crowley Marine Services, Inc., with U.S. West Coast operating headquarters in Seattle and East Coast and International headquarters in Jacksonville, Fla., provides specialized marine transportation and logistics services on a worldwide basis, operating one of the world’s largest fleets of marine and related equipment. The company’s primary services include tanker escort and ship assist; petroleum transportation and sales; contract barge transportation and ocean towing; logistics and support services; marine salvage and emergency response; and all-terrain transportation.