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Crowley Expands Presence in Alaska with Employee Transfers

(Anchorage, Alaska; May 21, 2003) – In an effort to further strengthen Crowley’s presence and customer focus in its Alaska fuel sales and distribution business, the company will be transferring veteran employees Michael O’Shea and Royal Harris from Seattle, Wash., to Anchorage, Alaska.

Crowley transports, stores and distributes various petroleum products within Alaska as part of its oil and chemical distribution and transportation services business segment. The company, which is celebrating its 50th year of service in Alaska, has nearly 250 employees in the state.

O’Shea, director of Alaska operations, will continue his role of managing vessel fleet and cargo operations. He began his Crowley career as a teenager in the late 1960s working summers in Alaska and, except for two short service breaks, has continuously worked for Crowley since that time.

O’Shea is directly responsible for managing vessels dedicated to petroleum services and cargo operations in Alaska. He will also provide functional support for Alaska tank farm/terminal operations and support other business unit activities where needed.

“I look forward to developing strong relationships with customers, contractors and industry regulators in Alaska,” O’Shea said. “We want to have a strong Crowley presence in this important market.”

O’Shea recently obtained an MBA degree from City University in Washington.

Harris, manager of pricing and administration, has been a Crowley employee since 1970. He began his career in Kotzebue, Alaska, supporting Crowley’s marine cargo and fuel business. In 1985, he moved to Seattle to participate in the development and expansion of Crowley’s Alaska petroleum transportation and product sales distribution business. His responsibilities include vessel scheduling, product supply and distribution planning, customer billing and support services.

In Anchorage, Harris will plan commercial and third-party transportation lifting and delivery schedules for bulk petroleum products in conjunction with various suppliers. This is in support of the ongoing and seasonal re-supply requirements of a wide variety of customers in Alaska being served by Crowley line haul barges. Among those facilities to be re-supplied will be Crowley’s tank farms in Kotzebue, Nome, and its new terminal under construction at Bethel. Crowley will be providing various petroleum products for the upcoming summer and will be pre-placing inventory for the 2003-04 ice-locked season.

Harris attended Columbia College in New York City, and previously served two terms as the mayor of Kotzebue.

“As Crowley celebrates 50 years of service to the state of Alaska in 2003, it is especially fitting that we also recognize these two individuals who, together, represent well over 50 years of service to Crowley and the state of Alaska,” said Bruce Barto, Crowley’s vice president and general manager of petroleum services. “We are glad to have them join our resident Alaska team in Anchorage. Even though they have represented Crowley in the area for years this will cement our focus on service in the area by having both of these individuals at the local service of our customers.”

One of Crowley’s primary businesses in Alaska encompasses petroleum transportation, distribution and sales of bulk petroleum products, propane, and packaged petroleum products. The company utilizes a mix of offshore and shallow-draft vessels for marine requirements. Crowley also owns and/or operates marine petroleum terminals in Nome, Kotzebue and Bethel, Alaska, from which it serves a diverse customer base over a very large geographic market. Petroleum products are distributed to more than 150 coastal and inland river communities. Crowley also provides intrastate movement of general cargo to remote sites in Alaska.

Oakland-based Crowley Maritime Corp., 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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