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Crowley Finishes First in the Second Annual Marine Digest and Cargo Business News Domestic Ocean Carrier Customer Service Reader’s Poll

(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.; January 14, 2004)–Crowley Liner Services was recognized as the “Top Domestic Ocean Carrier” in the Second Annual Marine Digest and Cargo Business News reader survey, the results of which were published in the magazine’s December edition.

Crowley was rated the top domestic ocean carrier for its services to Puerto Rico after nearly 1,200 respondents, all of whom control the movement of cargo for their company, completed the questionnaire distributed through a special magazine cover-wrap on the July through October issues. Areas surveyed included scheduled arrivals and departures, schedule frequency, equipment reliability, quickest response time to queries, best individual carrier website for doing cargo business and best carrier for value added logistics management. Additionally, respondents praised Crowley for its offering of full-package services domestically.

“We believe this recognition is due in large part to our employees’ willingness to be responsive to our customers on a day-in-day-out basis as well as under the most challenging circumstances,” said Tom Crowley, Jr., Chairman, President and CEO. “Whether it’s recommending better, more cost effective ways to route cargo, adding service frequency to accommodate customers’ production and distribution needs, figuring out ways to transport large, unusual cargoes, or helping customers expedite shipments, our people have proven time and time again that they are up to the challenge.”

Crowley Liner Services, headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., is a subsidiary of Oakland-based Crowley Maritime Corporation and is part of its liner segment. The corporation, founded in 1892, is primarily family- and employee-owned, and is engaged in worldwide logistics, liner services, contract towing and transportation, energy support services, ship assist and escort services, vessel management and petroleum and chemical marine transport. Additional information about Crowley, its subsidiaries and business units may be found on the Internet at