Marathon Petroleum Company LP (MPC) recently presented its Elite Vessel Award for the sixth consecutive year to Crowley Petroleum Services. The award recognizes the company’s mariners and vessels who serve Marathon for outstanding performance and environmental protection.
The award, presented at a reception in Jacksonville, Fla., honors vessel operators for their customer service, dependability and exemplary performance in health, safety and environmental excellence. Select, high-performing Crowley mariners were chosen to represent their ships and crewmates at the award ceremony. Each mariner received a plaque to commemorate their team’s achievements.
Crowley vessels recognized for 2018 included:
- Tanker MT West Virginia (represented at the event by Captain James Cunningham)
- Articulated tug-barge (ATB) Courage/650-5 (represented by Captain Darren Bates)
- ATB Liberty/750-3 (represented by Second Mate Coronado Hickman)
- Tanker MT Louisiana (represented by First Assistant Engineer Seth Green)
- ATB Legend/750-2 (represented by Chief Mate Kyle O’Connor)
- ATB Achievement/650-8
- Tanker MT Ohio
“Crowley is committed to safe and reliable transportation, and we are proud of the dedicated service and professionalism that these honorees demonstrate every day,” said Tucker Gilliam, vice president, petroleum services, Crowley.
“We appreciate the trust and partnership that Marathon has for our company and the men and women who serve the fleet.”
Crowley is one of the largest independent operators of petroleum and chemical product tankers and barges in the U.S. In 2018, Crowley safely delivered more than 556 million barrels of petroleum products. The company and its subsidiaries operate 40 Jones Act-qualified, large petroleum transportation vessels with a combined capacity of more than 12 million barrels.
Marathon is a leading, integrated, downstream energy company headquartered in Findlay, Ohio. The company operates the nation’s largest refining system with more than 3 million barrels per calendar day (bpcd) of crude oil capacity across 16 refineries. MPC’s marketing system includes branded locations across the United States, including Marathon branded outlets. Speedway LLC, a subsidiary, owns and operates retail convenience stores across the United States.
Crowley and MPC personnel are pictured (from left to right): David Cawley, director, engineering; Dominic LaSenna, director of safety, health and security; Chris Peterson, vice president, operations and engineering; Cunningham; Jay Debruhl, director, operations; Bates; Gilliam; Jim Palmer, supervisor, marine scheduling; Vince Petrella, marine logistics commercial manager, MPC; Michael Kreeger, MPC senior marine analyst; Chairman and CEO Tom Crowley; John Ara, vice president, sales and chartering; Conrad Kuiken, director, operations; Hickman; Green; and O’Connor.