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Crowley and Bay Ship and Yacht Co. complete Crowley’s first $1 million tug engine replacement as part of the Port of Los Angeles clean air quality initiative

(Los Angeles, Calif; Oct. 30, 2009) – The air is a little cleaner at the Port of Los Angeles these days. Just this month, the new and improved Crowley Harbor class tug Leader re-entered the ship assist and escort fleet of vessels following an extensive repowering of the vessel’s main engines and generators.

The repower project, the first of four Crowley tug engine replacements, will help reduce emissions and lessen overall environmental impact and is part of a larger Port of Los Angeles emissions and air quality initiative requiring vessel operators to upgrade their engines to be Tier II emissions compliant by 2013. The repower will reduce particulate matter emissions by 3.24 tons and mono-nitrogen oxides by 109.52 tons per year for all four tugs combined.

Repowering each tug costs Crowley more than $1 million and is largely being funded with a portion of a $4 million Port of Los Angeles Air Quality Mitigation Incentive Program air quality improvement grant. This project also benefits the neighboring Port of Long Beach, which has environmental goals and clean air quality initiatives that are closely aligned with those of the Port of Los Angeles.

“The Port of Los Angeles is proud to work with Crowley and help provide funding for this important initiative,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Geraldine Knatz, Ph.D. “We are thrilled to see the first repowered Crowley tug operational here at the Port. It is this kind of partnership between public agencies and private business that is helping us meet our clean air action plan goals.”

Crowley partnered with Bay Ship and Yacht Co. to handle the engine repower project for the tugs Leader, Admiral, Scout and Master. The Leader was completed earlier this month and the company expects to re-introduce the fourth repowered vessel to the service in early 2010.

“We are delighted to partner with the Port of Los Angeles in introducing lower emissions vessels and cannot stress enough how their commitment and generous financial support made this project possible,” said Frosty Leonard, manager of marine operations for Crowley in California. “This engine repower project not only reduces emissions and improves air quality significantly, it also offers our customers more effective, efficient and environmentally sound service today instead of waiting until 2013.”

Crowley chose to replace the vessels’ CAT 3516 main engines with CAT 3512 engines, and the CAT 3304 auxiliary engines with the new CAT model C4.4 generators, more than three years before the mandated compliance date. As an added bonus the engines—although four cylinders smaller in size—have increased bollard pull for the vessel from 51 tons to 59 tons, further enhancing the vessel’s effectiveness.

“Bay Ship is extremely pleased to be an integral part of keeping Crowley’s vessels working with minimal delays, while helping the Port of Los Angeles reduce emissions and improve the environment in which the vessels work,” Ashton said. “Completing all this work took a tremendous amount of planning and coordination of all trades, including a tremendous amount of cooperation with Crowley. Bay Ship’s abilities and the technical expertise of all the technical advisors, along with the complete cooperation of the senior management of Bay Ship helped to bring this project to fruition and allowed for project success. We now look forward to repowering the rest of the Los Angeles fleet, allowing the citizens of Los Angeles to breathe easier.”

Bay Ship & Yacht Co. is an Alameda, Calif. based company offering complete drydocking and pierside service for Commercial vessels and Superyachts worldwide. Services include complete ship repair, repowering, hull and house maintenance, machine shop and steel fabrication; propeller maintenance; painting and sandblasting. Bay Ship operates a 2800 Ton Drydock and 1200 Ton Synchrolift with several on-land berthing spots. Bay Ship also offers budgeting, scheduled maintenance and emergency repairs of all types of vessels where superior service, technical expertise, and a dedication to absolute customer satisfaction helps ensure that owners receive their equipment back in an expedient manner to allow them to service their customers. For more information, visit www.bay-ship.com.

The Port of Los Angeles is America’s premier port and has a strong commitment to developing innovative strategic and sustainable operations that benefit the economy as well as the quality of life for the region and the nation it serves. As the leading seaport in North America in terms of shipping container volume and cargo value, the Port generates 919,000 regional jobs and $39.1 billion in annual wages and tax revenues. A proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles, the Port is self-supporting and does not receive taxpayer dollars. For more information, visit www.portoflosangeles.org.

Jacksonville-based Crowley Holdings Inc., a holding company of the 117-year-old Crowley Maritime Corporation, is a privately held family and employee-owned company. The company 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 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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