(Seattle; April 15, 2008) – With ultra low sulfur diesel fuel being offered by the major marine fuel supplier in Puget Sound beginning today, Crowley Maritime Corporation announced that its entire fleet of West Coast harbor tugboats is now utilizing the more environmentally friendly fuel.
Ultra low sulfur diesel, while about four cents more per gallon than regular diesel, has a much lower sulfur content (less than 15 parts per million [ppm]), as compared to the 500 ppm diesel previously available. The reduction in sulfur content should result in an approximate 16% reduction in particulate matter emitted out the stacks of the tugs.
“Although we are not required to switch to ultra low sulfur diesel in Puget Sound, we felt that this was the right thing to do for the environment and for our fellow citizens who live, work and play in and around the sound,” said Crowley Vice President Chris Peterson.
“We’ve been running our California harbor tugs on ultra low sulfur diesel for some time now and have wanted to do it here, but the fuel was unavailable,” he said. “We met with the major marine fuel supplier in Puget Sound, to see if they would make this fuel available, and to their credit they came through.”
Crowley’s switch to ultra low sulfur diesel is a component of its Safety, Quality & Environmental (SQE) certification from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). Having achieved its environmental certification in late 2007, Crowley is one of the few tug companies to be fully SQE certified.
“Being E-certified means that we have a recognized and approved program in place for minimizing our environmental impact with our tug operations,” Peterson said. “Our vessels are audited to certain environmental standards as well as to safety and quality standards.”
The Crowley harbor fleet, which is managed from the company’s Seattle office, consists of 15 tugs located in all major West Coast ports from San Diego to North Puget Sound. These tugs help ships dock and undock, and some are used to escort tankers and other petroleum vessels in certain areas where extra protection is required to protect the environment.
Jacksonville-based Crowley Maritime Corporation, founded in San Francisco in 1892, is a privately held family and employee-owned company that 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; vessel management; vessel construction and naval architecture; 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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