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Crowley Awarded West Coast Salvage and Engineering Services Contract from Naval Sea Systems Command

(Seattle; June 24, 2003) – Following a rigorous evaluation and selection process, Crowley Maritime Corporations energy and marine services business segment announced today that it has been awarded the West Coast Salvage and a Worldwide Engineering Services contract with the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), Director of Ocean Engineering/Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV). With the exception of a four-year period, Crowley has successfully held this contract since 1976.

The agreement, which is valid for up to five years, calls for providing salvage and salvage-related services, harbor clearance, ocean engineering and point-to-point towing services. It also calls for engineering services to be provided in support of salvage, towing, harbor clearance, ocean engineering and special project development.

“We are pleased to once again be chosen to provide these services to NAVSEA,” said Steve Peterson, Crowley’s senior vice president and general manager, energy and marine services. “We take pride in the fact that we have the experience and capability to perform these sometimes unique and challenging types of jobs, and we look forward to our continued relationship.”

The contract covers the entire Western Zone of NAVSEAS operations, which encompasses the west coast of North and South America from the Arctic to the Antarctic out to the International Date Line.

Examples of projects that Crowley has undertaken in Support of the SUPSALV contract include:

  •  The outfitting and 15,000-mile tow of the Aircraft Carrier USS Oriskany from Vallejo, Calif., to Beaumont, Texas.

  •  Participation in the recovery and relocation of the Japanese fishing vessel Ehime Maru.

  •  The updating of Navy manuals including Firefighting and Damage Control, Deep Ocean Operations, Offloading, Spill Response and Salvage.

  •  Development, updating and training of Navy personnel on the Program of Ship Salvage Engineering (POSSE).

  •  Removal of stranded fishing vessels in Pago Pago, which were posing an environmental hazard.

  •  Salvage and firefighting support for at-sea ship operations for the Naval Air Warfare Center (NAWC) in Port Hueneme, Calif.

  •  Preparation of vessels for dismantling and/or scuttling.

  •  Emergency and rescue towing.

  •  Wreck recovery.

  •  Development of the Smart Tow System and the Submarine Contingency Plan.

  •  Provision of environmental assessment for removal of oil from the sunken Ex-Mississinewa.

Oakland-based Crowley Maritime Corporation, founded in 1892, is primarily a family- and employee-owned company, 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

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