Crowley Fuels has been honored for the fifth time with the ConocoPhillips Alaska/Alaska Trucking Association (ATA) Industrial Award in the Line Haul Division (fleet size under 50 units) for continuing to perform at an elite level of safety. ConocoPhillips/ATA presented the award to Mike Moeller, director of trucking, and Troy Lynch, senior specialist, operations integrity, during the ATA’s annual Safety Awards Banquet in late April in Anchorage.
To be considered for the award, the Crowley team was evaluated and ranked on several 2018 statistics, including the total number of miles driven, the company’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (CSA) fleet scores, accident frequency and overall Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rate.
“Last year, drivers of the Crowley fleet of more than 160 vehicles, which includes 34 line-haul trucks, drove 3.1 million miles while delivering more than 160 million gallons of petroleum products, including aviation fuel, home heating oil, ultra-low sulfur diesel, gas and propane, to 280 communities across the state,” said Moeller.
Since 2011, Crowley has made substantial investments in new equipment, maintenance and driver safety training, all of which have helped to achieve higher dependability, productivity and safety. New equipment includes Peterbilt and Kenworth sleeper cabs, day cabs, local delivery trucks, and trailers, to safely and reliably support the changing and challenging fuel distribution needs of the state. The company has also worked hard to incorporate advanced safety equipment and industry best practices into its fleet and program, improve communication and compliance, and collect feedback to improve operations.
To further support its drivers and customers, Crowley Fuels opened operates a new trucking fleet maintenance facility in Palmer. The large, modern facility is now the operations hub for Crowley’s statewide fuel sales and distribution business and provides maintenance and compliance support of the fleet increasing Crowley’s fleet safety, reliability and efficiency.
“Being recognized by the industry for our performance really says it all,” says Rick Meidel, vice president and general manager, Crowley Fuels. “We have the best drivers – it’s their skill and experience that make this award possible. We also have a great team implementing our training programs, a great dispatch team that helps call the shots while monitoring weather and road conditions to help keep our drivers safe, a great operations integrity team to help develop and manage our safety program and great operations leadership to help set high expectations and guide our success.”
The Safety Awards Banquet, dually hosted each year by the ATA and ConocoPhillips, is a premier event to recognize carriers that have the best safety performance. The competition becomes more challenging with each passing year, as companies continually improve their focus on safety through regular meetings, driver workshops, training and a variety of other employee development programs.