(Weehawken, N.J.; March 29, 2001) – Marine Transport Corporation has appointed Rockwell Smith vice president of its ship management group in Weehawken, N.J. Smith, former vice president of Crowley petroleum transport, replaces Bob Germain, who retired March 16. Smith reports to Mark Filanowski, senior vice president, Marine Transport Corporation.
Smith is responsible for Marine Transport Corporation’s fleet operations, including engineering, purchasing and marine personnel functions. He also continues to oversee the management of Crowley’s petroleum tankers, the Blue Ridge, Coast Range and Prudhoe Bay.
“We are very pleased to have Rocky join our team,” said Richard du Moulin, chairman and CEO, Marine Transport Corporation. “This exchange of talent is but one example of the potential benefits of Crowley Maritime Corporation’s recent acquisition of our company.”
Smith joined Crowley in San Francisco in 1981 and held various marketing and operations positions in the harbor services and barge petroleum transportation groups. In 1986 he left Crowley and joined Trans Ocean, Ltd., a container leasing company, as product manager with profit-and-loss responsibility for the refrigerated container fleet.
He returned to Crowley in 1990 as manager of oil transportation, Pacific division, and was responsible for marketing the offshore oil barge fleet. In 1996, he became vice president of oil transportation and harbor services, and in 1997 he was assigned to head up Crowley’s new petroleum transport company.
Smith graduated from of Pomona College in 1977 and earned an MBA degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1986.
Crowley Maritime Corporation acquired Marine Transport Corporation and its business lines in February.
Weehawken, NJ-based Marine Transport Corporation is the oldest shipping company in the United States. The company and its predecessor companies date back to 1816. Today, Marine Transport Corporation operates several business lines, including marine transportation of chemicals, petroleum products and crude oil for U.S.-based industrial customers, lightering services for crude oil customers in the Gulf of Mexico, and ship management services for third-party ship owners, including the U.S. Government. Additional information about the company may be found on the Internet at www.mtlx.com.
Oakland-based Crowley, founded in 1892, is primarily a family- and employee-owned company primarily engaged in worldwide logistics, liner services, contract towing and transportation, energy support services, ship assist and escort services, vessel management and petroleum and chemical marine transport. Additional information about Crowley its subsidiaries and business units may be found on the Internet at www.crowley.com.
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