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Crowley Announces Organizational Changes in its West Coast Marine Services Group

Peterson and Hoggarth Promoted

(Seattle, Wash.; Oct. 23, 2007) – Crowley Maritime Corporation announced today that it is combining the company’s operations and commercial responsibilities for its West Coast marine services unit into one group under the leadership of Chris Peterson, who has been promoted to vice president, West Coast services.

Peterson will now oversee all West Coast marine operations, contract services and ship assist and escort services. Reporting to Peterson under this new structure are Scott Hoggarth, who was promoted to general manager of ship assist and escort; Paul Vidal, director of engineering; Jim Van der Veen, director of contract services; Scott Craig, manager of marine operations; Jim Penny, manager of marine operations, and Russell Luttman, port captain.

A 21-year Crowley veteran, Peterson most recently served as general manager, West Coast services. He joined Crowley in 1986 following his graduation from California Maritime Academy and has since served in several seagoing and shore side positions, including master, port captain and director of West Coast operations.

With his promotion to general manager, Scott Hoggarth is now responsible for ship assist and escort services and West Coast contract services, which includes the tug dispatch function and the sales team consisting of: John Geary, Conrad Notton, Mike Gasparo, and Dean Yamada.

Hoggarth has been in the marine industry for 25 years and has spent 20 of those years at Crowley. He joined the company’s dispatch group in Seattle following employment at Fritz Maritime Agencies in the marine operations department. He has since received several promotions and most recently held the position of manager of harbor services.

“Chris and Scott are experienced Crowley veterans with tremendous knowledge and leadership abilities,” said John Douglass, senior vice president and general manager of marine services. “We’re confident they will do well in our new structure, which will help us be even more customer focused.”

Jacksonville-based Crowley Maritime Corporation, founded in San Francisco in 1892, is primarily a family and employee-owned company that provides diversified transportation and logistics services in domestic and international markets by means of five operating lines of business: Liner Services; Logistics Services; Petroleum Services, Marine Services and Technical Services. Other services provided within these business lines include contract towing and transportation; ship assist and escort; energy support; salvage and emergency response; vessel management, and petroleum and chemical transportation, distribution and sales. Additional information about Crowley its subsidiaries and business units may be found on the Internet at

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