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Jose Ayala Promoted to Director, Labor Relations

(Jacksonville, Fla.: January 27, 2010) – Jose Ayala has been promoted to director of labor relations for Crowley Maritime Corporation. Ayala will remain domiciled in Jacksonville and continue reporting to Steve Demeroutis, Crowley’s vice president of labor relations. 

In his new position, Ayala is responsible for all labor relations activities for the East Coast/Caribbean terminal operations including grievance handling, negotiations, contract administration, compliance resolution and relationship building with Crowley’s union representatives and personnel.

“We are proud to have Jose taking a lead role within our labor relations department,” said Demeroutis. “He has a background focused on collaborative work between union and management and is a great asset to our team.”

Ayala joined Crowley in 2009 as intermodal manager in Jacksonville before being promoted to representative, labor relations. Prior to that he served as president of the Teamsters for five years in San Juan and two years as vice president. Ayala also spent 12 years with Crowley in the late 1980s-90s in barge operations.

Jacksonville-based Crowley Holdings Inc., a holding company of the 118-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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