Thursday, May 9, 2019

US Shipping and Logistics Group Feted for Service to Others in Time of Crisis

Coast Guard Foundation Honours Those in the Merchant Marine and Beyond
Shipping News Feature
US – During April, in a ceremony postponed from December due to the partial government shutdown, the Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organisation committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, recognised the bravery and unselfishness of those who have gone above and beyond expectations in the service of others.

At the event, the Foundation presented an award to the Rescue Coordination Center Miami and an aircrew from Air Station Clearwater. The brave individuals were recognized for their rescue of 28 fishermen who were forced to abandon their 131-foot commercial fishing vessel when it became fully engulfed in a destructive on board fire.

For shipping and logistics outfit the Crowley Maritime Corporation and its boss Chairman and CEO Tom Crowley Jr. there was recognition for more than 30 years of support at the Foundation’s 25th Tribute to the Coast Guard Seventh District event in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

More than 400 people were present in the crowded ballroom at the Pier Sixty-Six Hotel and Marina. Approximately $380,000 was raised that evening to support Coast Guard Foundation programs and initiatives that provide education, morale and relief support for Coast Guard members and families and Will Jenkins, Coast Guard Foundation board chairman, said:

“In addition to supporting events like this one in Fort Lauderdale, Crowley has contributed to our scholarship program, Fallen Heroes Fund and morale programs all across the country. For all of this and so much more, we would like to offer Tom and the entire Crowley Maritime organisation this well-deserved recognition and our deepest thanks.”

In honouring Crowley, the foundation noted the company’s large-scale response to Puerto Rico after its devastation by Hurricane Maria. Within two hours of the Coast Guard reopening the island’s main port in San Juan, a Crowley vessel arrived and began discharging critical commercial and relief cargoes. Over the next 182 days, Crowley unloaded more than 200 vessels with cargo consisting of nearly 40,000 commercial loads and 8,000 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) loads.

These included food, water and humanitarian supplies as well as thousands of electrical transformers and poles; and 10 million miles of power line. That mission was accomplished by 300 Puerto Rico employees, themselves reeling from the hurricane. Tom Crowley Jr. has led the company since 1994, succeeding as CEO his father and grandfather in leadership dating back to the company’s founding in 1892. The company is a US based, $2 billion-a-year global marine solutions, energy and logistics group. On receipt of the award he said:

“The men and women of our entire company and I are honoured to receive this recognition from the Foundation. We also appreciated the organisation’s constant support of the men and women serving our nation in the US Coast Guard. The US Merchant Marine can depend on the Coast Guard every day, and we applaud the great support by the Foundation to those who ensure safety and security on our nation’s waters and ports."

Photo: Left to Right: Tom Crowley Jr. receives the award from Will Jenkins