(Jacksonville, Fla.; Dec. 10, 2009) – During the recent Workboat Show, Crowley was recognized for its environmental initiatives, receiving second place for the Environmental Management Plan Award. The company was also awarded a Significant Boat of 2009 Award for the Nachik and Sesok.
The environmental award was developed to recognize businesses and government agencies operating in the U.S. maritime industry that have successfully incorporated environmentally sustainable practices into their operations. The awards committee was comprised of industry, environmental, regulatory and media representatives.
Crowley’s environmental stewardship is exemplified by the industry certifications and numerous accolades it has received. Recent examples are Crowley’s certification to the international standard ISO 14001 Environmental Management System; certification to the Articulated Tug barge (ATB) 650-3 by Lloyd’s Register Group under its Green Passport program; and special recognition by several prestigious government organizations of Crowley’s environmental stewardship—including the Chamber of Shipping of America, the U.S. Coast Guard’s William Benkert award for environmental excellence, Washington Department of Ecology Exceptional Compliance Program and the Pacific States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Fore Legacy Award.
Each year, WorkBoat magazine also recognizes new boats for design or technological advances, speed, style, etc. The Nachik and Sesok are sister tug boats operating in the Alaska river system. The Nachik, which means “hair seal” and the Sesok, which means “beluga whale” in the Alaska Native Inupiaq language, were jointly designed by Crowley and Diversified Marine. The boats are 1,362 horsepower triple-screw diesel powered tugs equipped to safely propel petroleum/freight barges in river systems throughout Alaska. They were designed to operate in Alaska’s rivers and coastal regions where operations are challenging due to restricted drafts and a lack of docking infrastructure. These boats are outfitted for both barge handling and ocean towing service. Designed with raised pilothouses, the 1,362 horsepower tugs are equipped to safely maneuver fuel/freight barges throughout the state.
“One reason that the Nachik and Sesok were selected as one of WorkBoat‘s 2009 Significant Boats was because of the versatile design that allows the tugs to be used for both river and ocean towing,” said David Krapf, editor in chief of WorkBoat magazine. “With 1,350 horsepower and a draft of less than four feet, these tugs can push up to three combination barges in very challenging conditions.”
Jacksonville-based Crowley Holdings Inc., a holding company of the 117-year-old Crowley Maritime Corporation, is a privately held family and employee-owned company. The company provides diversified 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 the following services: 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 www.crowley.com.
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