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Crowley Companies Honored with Two Significant Boat Awards during International Workboat Show

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(NEW ORLEANS; October 25, 2013) ­– Together Crowley Maritime Corp. and subsidiary Jensen Maritime, the company’s Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering firm, were honored with two of the top 10 Significant Boat awards during the annual International Workboat Show recently held in New Orleans.

The awards, which were both accepted by Jensen Vice President Jonathan Parrot, were for the design of Crowley’s 750 class articulated tug-barges (ATBs), a series of three tugboats and accompanying 330,000-barrel petroleum tank barges and for the Jensen-designed Bob Franco, a new 120-foot long Azimuth Stern Drive (ASD) tugboat built by Diversified Marine, Inc. for Harley Marine Services.  

“The award for Crowley’s ATBs comes on the heels of the successful closeout of our $1 Billion, decade-long, three-class ATB construction program,” said Rob Grune, senior vice president and general manager, petroleum services. “These innovative vessels have greatly expanded the company’s U.S.-flag petroleum services fleet and allow us to provide our customers with safe, reliable petroleum transportation services.  We are proud to have designed them in-house and to be recognized for our vision.”

Likewise, the Jensen-designed Bob Franco is making waves in the industry for its custom design, which made it one of the first to be powered by Tier III CAT C175 engines, which have lower emissions and make it a more environmentally friendly option.

“We were honored to be selected by Harley Marine Services as the designer of this tugboat and are subsequently honored by Workboat’s recognition of it as a significant vessel,” said Parrot.  “This vessel has enhancements that make it environmentally friendly, but still has all the power of a traditional tug having tested out at more than 90 short tons of bollard pull.  This proves that Jensen designs successfully marry function and environmental awareness.” 

Both Crowley and Jensen have been honored at past Workboat shows, most recently includes 2012 when Crowley was recognized for its design of two Crowley-owned ocean class tugboats, the Ocean Wind and Ocean Wave, and Jensen was recognized for its design of Murden, a hopper dredge vessel developed for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

About Crowley Maritime
Jacksonville-based Crowley Holdings Inc., a holding company of the 121-year-old Crowley Maritime Corporation, is a privately held family and employee-owned company. The company provides project solutions, 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: 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

About Jensen Maritime
Seattle-based Jensen Maritime Consultants, Inc. is a full service naval architecture and marine engineering firm owned by Crowley Maritime Corporation. The company offers a diverse range of consulting, design and engineering services developed from 50 years’ experience working around the world. Jensen is a recognized leader in the design of all types of vessels – particularly workboats, fishing boats and passenger ferries – and has built a favorable reputation on a long history of successful designs and conversions with close attention to engineering basics. The company’s services include detail and conceptual design and engineering, lofting, regulatory and shipyard liaison as well as on-site consulting services and on-location assistance anywhere in the world. Additional information about Jensen may be found on the Internet at

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Caption: Left to right: Bruce Buls, technical editor, Workboat; Franco Harley, chairman and CEO, Harley Marine; Jonathan Parrot, vice president, Jensen Maritime; and David Krapf, editor-in-chief, Workboat