Crowley and its Marine Transport Lines subsidiary were recently named recipients of the Chamber of Shipping of America’s 2005 Environmental Achievement Awards. The companies collectively had 19 vessels that they manage and or operate that have achieved environmental excellence (zero incidents) for at least a three-year period.
Of those 19, two vessels, tankers Blue Ridge and Coast Range have been incident free for seven years, while nine of the vessels have been incident free for five years. In all, 264 vessels were recognized by the CSA during the ceremony, representing over 1100 years of environmental safety.
“Crowley understands the importance of safety in everything we do,” said Tom Crowley Jr., chairman, president and CEO. “We strive to be incident free in our operations and believe that safety must be a mantra for all of our employees both shoreside and on our vessels.”
Crowley’s attention to detail is paying off. Earlier this year, the company was recognized by the State of Washington Department of Ecology’s highest award for excellence in tank-vessel marine safety and environmental stewardship. The Exceptional Compliance Program (ECOPRO) Award for the extended safe operation of its fleet of four articulated tug barges (ATBs).
In addition, the Pacific States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force presented Crowley with a 2005 Legacy Award for oil spill prevention, preparedness, and response. The Task Force gives Legacy Awards for projects, accomplishments, or leadership that demonstrates innovation, management commitment, and improvements in oil spill prevention, preparedness, or response resulting in enhanced environmental protection.
With the most recent award, Michael Bohlman, Chairman of the Board of CSA said, “These awards are a testament to the dedication and professionalism exhibited by our seafarers and the shore-side personnel who are responsible for operating our vessels to the highest environmental standards. It is encouraging to see how many vessels continue to achieve environmental excellence year after year and it is with pride that we offer this recognition today. We in the maritime industry take our stewardship of the marine environment very seriously.”