(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.; May 5, 2000) Tom Crowley, Jr., Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Oakland-based Crowley Maritime Corporation, was presented with the 2000 International Golden Compass award at a gala black tie dinner Saturday night in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
The prestigious award, created to honor men and women who have achieved distinction in the maritime world, whose vocation or avocation is the sea, or who have assisted seafarers or those who minister to them, was presented by Allan Milledge, President of the Board of Directors for Seafarers House in Fort Lauderdale.
The award dinner was attended by some 300 maritime industry associates and helped raise about $110,000 for Seafarers House, which annually serves tens of thousands of mariners from cargo and cruise vessels calling at Port Everglades. The non-profit organization provides them with a multitude of services including, shore side transportation, low cost long distance phone services, money wire transfers, postal services and counseling.
Michael Sacco, President, Seafarers International Union, served as master of ceremonies for the evening and paid tribute to Crowleys leadership and contributions to the maritime industry.
This award means a great deal to me, said Crowley in his acceptance speech. When I look at it, I will be reminded of my role as CEO to provide direction for the company. It will also remind me of the many successes we have had throughout the corporation, and more specifically of our accomplishments here in the South Florida market and the Caribbean and Latin America trades that we serve via our liner services group.
While I am honored and flattered by this recognition tonight, I know it would not have been possible without our thousands of dedicated employees around the world, he said. Their commitment to excellence, record of accomplishment and loyalty to the company, allow me to stand before you tonight to accept this award.
Crowley also expressed appreciation for the people; facilities and work carried out at Seafarers House.
During my visit of Seafarers House, I was struck by the vital role this organization plays in the lives of these crewmembers, Crowley said. It is literally a lifeline for these men and women who sometimes go to sea for months at a time.
The International Golden Compass Award was first bestowed in 1997 to Hans J. Hvide, founder of Hvide Marine. In 1998, the award was made to John Bowers, President of the International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO; and in 1999, Kirk Lanterman, Chairman and CEO of Holland America Line Westours, Inc., was the recipient.
With Crowley at the helm, Crowley Maritime is in its third generation of family leadership. His grandfather started the business 108 years ago on San Francisco Bay, and he assumed the role of Chairman and CEO in May 1994 upon the death of his father, Thomas B. Crowley, Sr.
The corporation, through its liner services subsidiary, has a large presence in South Florida including, a 68-acre container terminal in Port Everglades and an office, warehouse and container freight station in Miami. Between the two facilities Crowley employs 277 people and generates local annual economic impact of about $50 million. Some10 vessels call weekly in Port Everglades from various vessel rotations that include 14 total ships.
Overall, Crowley Maritime is engaged in logistics services, marine cargo transportation and related services. The corporation has more than 100 offices in major ports and cities around the world and several operating subsidiaries including, Crowley Liner Services, Crowley Marine Services, Crowley Petroleum Transport and Crowley Logistics.
Additional information about the corporation, its subsidiaries and business units may be found on the Internet at www.crowley.com.