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Crowley to Fuel All Shell Gas Stations in Alaska

(Anchorage, Alaska; Dec. 22, 2010) – Crowley Maritime Corporation’s Alaska fuel sales and distribution enterprise has reached an agreement with Shell Oil Products US to add eight Shell-branded service stations located in Anchorage and Eagle River to its wholesale network. Crowley will make wholesale purchases of Shell motor fuel and transport, distribute and sell the fuel to these independently owned and operated sites. With this addition, Crowley now serves dealers at all 17 Shell-branded service stations in Alaska, including three outlets owned and operated by Crowley.     

The agreement, reached today, allows Shell and its dealers to leverage Crowley’s state-wide transportation and distribution capabilities to safely and reliably supply quality Shell motor fuel for consumers in Alaska. Shell stations are located in Anchorage, Eagle River, Kenai and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

Crowley also agreed to a multi-year Wholesale Marketer Agreement with Shell, which means that Crowley will help protect the Shell brand by working with dealers on Shell marketing programs and ensuring they maintain stations and operations to the company’s high standards.

“As the only wholesale representative for Shell currently in Alaska, we welcome the opportunity to add these stations to our dealer network,” said Bob Cox, Crowley’s vice president of business development in Anchorage. “It is great to be aligned with Shell, the No. 1 selling gasoline brand in the U.S., because their brand is strong in Alaska and they offer high quality Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines in all three grades, including Shell V-Power Premium Gasoline.  Plus, Shell recently teamed-up with Fred Meyer to provide shoppers an opportunity to save on fuel by redeeming 100 points from their Fred Meyer Rewards Card to save 10 cents per gallon instantly at the pump at participating Shell stations.”

Since 1953, Crowley has provided various marine, petroleum distribution, and energy support services in Alaska – from the North Slope to Southcentral Alaska and both coastal and inland communities including those along the Kuskokwim and Yukon Rivers – and today has offices and operations throughout the state with more than 650 employees. The company has consistently provided unique solutions to Alaska’s logistics and marine transportation challenges and played an important role in Alaska’s business development and in protecting its environment.

With a storage capacity of more than 39 million gallons, Crowley is strongly positioned as a leader in the Alaska fuel industry, providing transportation, distribution and sales of petroleum products to more than 280 communities across Alaska. Crowley supports the energy industry on the North Slope with summer sealifts of large production modules and various marine transportation services, and in the winter supports oil field development with CATCO® all-terrain vehicles. These heavy-lift overland transport units have large bag tires designed to work over the tundra without damaging the delicate Arctic ecosystem. At the southern terminus of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, Crowley provides tanker escort and docking services in Valdez Harbor and Prince William Sound for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company’s Ship Escort/Response Vessel System, utilizing some of the most technologically advanced and powerful tugboats in the world. Crowley also provides tanker assist and escort services at Tesoro Alaska Company’s Nikiski refinery in Cook Inlet.

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