(Jacksonville, Fla.; June 14, 2007) – Crowley Maritime Corporation announced today that it has formed a new non-asset, knowledge-based technical services business unit that will bring together the company’s vessel construction and naval architecture, government services and ship management services. Crowley veteran Steve Collar has been appointed senior vice president and general manager of the enterprise. He will continue to work from the company’s headquarters in Jacksonville and report to Tom Crowley, chairman, president and CEO.
“Organizing this new business unit with Steve at the helm will allow us to have better focus, leadership and commercial direction for these areas of our business,” Crowley said. “We can provide a higher degree of service and value to commercial and government customers through our technical services group.”
Crowley said Collar, who joined the company in 1977 as a deckhand and most recently served as vice president of bulk petroleum and chemical transportation has the knowledge and experience to lead the unit.
“Steve has a strong background and understanding of our vessel construction and naval architecture business through his involvement with our articulated tug-barge (ATB) new-build program,” Crowley said. “He will help us expand this service to more external customers. In addition, he will bring more of a commercial approach to government work and grow our ship management services with both government and commercial accounts.”
Ed Schlueter, vice president of vessel management services; Jay Brickman, vice president of government services, and Cole Cosgrove, general manager of ship management, will report to Collar.
Throughout his career, Collar has been exposed to many facets of the Crowley organization. He has worked in positions of increasing responsibility in engineering, dispatch, terminal management, cargo operations, marine operations and petroleum operations. In 1996, he was named director of technical services before transferring to general manager of oil transportation. Most recently he served as vice president of bulk petroleum and chemical transportation.
Collar attended school at Shoreline Community College in Seattle and Point Loma College in San Diego. He earned a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Washington in 1999.
Jacksonville-based Crowley Maritime Corporation, founded in San Francisco in 1892, is a privately held 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 www.crowley.com.
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