(October 15,1999 – Port Everglades, FL–) The Board of Directors of Seafarers’ House at Port Everglades has announced the selection of Tom Crowley, Jr., Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Crowley Maritime Corp. as the recipient of the Year 2000 International Golden Compass Award. This prestigious award was 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.
The 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.
Seafarers’ House, located in Port Everglades, serves tens of thousands of mariners from cargo and cruise vessels calling at the port. It also manages SeaFare Card, the longest running prepaid phone card in the maritime industry which it distributes through 70 agents in 55 North American ports.
Crowley, through its subsidiary Crowley Liner Services, Inc., provides regular containership and ro-ro service at Port Everglades where it has been one of the largest tenants since 1986. Seafarers from Crowley vessels regularly utilize the services of Seafarers’ House.
Tom Crowley, Jr. is the third generation in the family business started by his grandfather over 100 years ago on San Francisco Bay. Mr. Crowley joined the company in June of 1983 holding various management positions, and upon the death of his father was elected Chairman and CEO in May of 1994.
Award ceremonies will take place at a dinner scheduled to be held in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, April 29, 2000 at the Radisson Bahia Mar Resort. For further information, contact Ms. Iris Polit, director of Volunteers and Special Events at Seafarers’ House, (954) 467-7330.
Oakland-based Crowley Maritime Corp., founded in 1892, is primarily a family- and employee-owned company engaged in integrated logistics, marine transportation and related services. The corporation, with more than 100 offices in major ports and cities around the world, has five primary operating subsidiaries: Crowley American Transport, Crowley Marine Services, Crowley Petroleum Transport, Vessel Management Services, and Crowley Logistics.