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Crowley to Lease New Z-Drive Tugs from BayDelta

Valor is the First of Two New Harbor Tugs for Crowley This Year

(Seattle; Aug. 1, 2007) – Crowley Maritime Corporation announced today that its marine services subsidiary has chartered the Valor, a newly built, 100-foot, Z-drive harbor tug from BayDelta Maritime, Inc., for use in the company’s ship assist and tanker escort business in the Pacific Northwest. The tug, built by Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, Inc., in Langley, Wash., was christened July 21 and delivered to Crowley on Saturday.

Crowley will also lease the Valor‘s sister tug, Vigilant, from BayDelta when it is completed at the Nichols yard in November. The Vigilant will be stationed at Tesoro Alaska Companys Nikiski, Alaska refinery in Cook Inlet on a year-round basis. The powerful boat will be strengthened for ice and severe winter conditions found there.

Commenting on Crowley’s newest tug, Valor, Joel Klenck, Crowley’s vice president of West Coast harbor services, said, “We look forward to the use of this tug and its noteworthy features such as engines with 6770 horse power, a bollard pull in excess of 90 tons, and a speed of 14 knots. The Valor will work well in the Pacific Northwest, and given her strength, speed, and maneuverability, will greatly benefit our tanker escort customers.”

The new Crowley tugs were designed by Jensen Marine Consultants, Inc., of Seattle with ship handling as their primary purpose. The tugs are also being fitted for long-haul towing.

According to Nichols, the Valor‘s horsepower ratings are among the highest posted for Z-drive tugs, with 92 metric tons forward and 90.5 metric tons astern. Increased horsepower is complemented by a heavy skeg to foster better ship handling and escorting.

Jacksonville-based Crowley Maritime Corporation, founded in San Francisco in 1892, is primarily a 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

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