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Crowley to Christen First Two of Four Industry-Leading Ocean Class Tugboats Tomorrow, Thursday, October 25, 2012

Vessels Were Designed and Built in New Orleans and the U.S. Gulf Coast

What: A significant milestone for the upstream energy industry and the economic growth of the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Crowley Maritime Corporation will christen the first two of four tugboats in the ocean class series, Ocean Wave and Ocean Wind, tomorrow in New Orleans. The vessels were designed by Crowley subsidiary Jensen Maritime, which has a recently opened office located at 1515 Poydras Street, Suite 2030, near the river district of New Orleans. Additionally, the tugs were built at Bollinger Shipyards, based in Amelia, La., generating 600 important jobs for people living in the U.S. Gulf region.

The launch of the new tugboats will solidify the company’s standing as an industry leader in ocean towing, salvage and offshore marine support for the upstream energy industry. At 146 and 156 feet in length, and with a minimum bollard pull of 150 metric tons, Crowley’s new ocean class tugs will be outfitted for long-range, high-capacity ocean towing, rig moves, platform and floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit tows, emergency response and firefighting. Crowley’s Ocean Wave and Ocean Wind are scheduled to begin this year in support of energy projects in the U.S. Gulf for a major customer in the global oil and gas industry. Both tugboats were built at Bollinger Shipyard in Amelia, La., and the remaining two vessels are scheduled for delivery in 2013.

The media is invited to join Crowley Chairman, President and CEO Tom Crowley, and more than 250 guests – including representatives from major upstream, global oil and gas industries and Bollinger Shipyard – at the christening. The event will feature the traditional breaking of champagne bottles against the hulls of the respective vessels.

When: Thursday, October 25, 2012. Vessel tours will begin at 10 a.m., christening begins at 11:30 a.m. (Flat-soled shoes and a photo ID are required for vessel tours.)

Where: Port of New Orleans, 1350 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

Media Contact on Scene: Amelia Smith, 904-226-7104

Read more about Crowley’s ocean class vessels here.

About Crowley Maritime
Jacksonville-based Crowley Holdings Inc., a holding company of the 120-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 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 more than 50 years of experience working around the world. Jensen is a recognized leader in the design of all types of vessels – particularly workboats, fishing boats and fireboats – 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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