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Alaska Selects Crowley to Monitor Cruise Ships

 Ocean Ranger Program Part of Citizens Cruise Ship Law

(Anchorage, AK; Feb. 26, 2008) – Crowley will implement and administer the State of Alaska’s Ocean Ranger Program, beginning with the 2008 cruise ship season. The State of Alaska’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) awarded the contract to Crowley yesterday.

The contract, valued at up to $4 million per fiscal year, directs Crowley to recruit, hire, train, and organize the logistics of placing up to 35 Ocean Rangers on board cruise ships this season to monitor their wastewater discharges and compliance with other pollution requirements for the state. Ocean Rangers are required as part of a new law adopted by the citizens of Alaska – the Alaska Cruise Ship Initiative – in 2006.

“We are very pleased to be working with the DEC to help protect Alaska’s pristine waterways,” said Steve Collar, senior vice president and general manager of Crowley’s technical services unit. “Crowley, which has been in existence since 1892, has a long history of not only providing world class marine services, but also of strong environmental stewardship. We take particular pride in the tanker assist and tug escort work we do for the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company in Valdez and Prince William Sound. And we look forward to bringing that same attention to detail to this assignment.”

Crowley is accepting resumes from qualified, licensed third assistant engineers or higher rating. Preference will be given to qualified Alaska residents and applicants must either be existing AMO members or make application for membership prior to assignment. To work as an Ocean Ranger, candidates will be required to attend and complete a mandatory certification program. In addition to passing both a knowledge based and practical proficiency exam, candidates must complete on-the-job training.

Crowley has selected Faststream Recruitment Inc., one of the world’s largest Maritime Recruiters, as its recruitment partner for this contract. Faststream’s experience in the cruise industry will help identify qualified candidates with the necessary technical and social skills for this challenging environment . Resumes should be sent to Roy Sunden at the Faststream office: oceanranger@faststream.us or rsunden@faststream.us. Sunden can also be reached by phone at (954) 467-9611.

Crowley has provided various marine, petroleum distribution, and energy support services in Alaska since 1953, and today has offices and operations throughout the state.

Jacksonville-based Crowley Maritime Corporation, founded in San Francisco in 1892, is a privately held family and employee-owned company that provides diversified transportation and logistics services in domestic and international markets by means of six operating lines of business: Puerto Rico/Caribbean Liner Services, Latin America Liner Services, Logistics Services, Petroleum Services, Marine Services and Technical Services. Offered within these operating lines of business are the following services: liner container shipping, logistics, contract towing and transportation; ship assist and escort; energy support; salvage and emergency response; vessel management; vessel construction and naval architecture; 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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For more information about the State of Alaska Cruise Ship and Ocean Ranger Programs, contact Denise Koch, Environmental Conservation’s cruise ship program manager, at (907) 465-5312 or denise.koch@alaska.gov.