Eighty nine Crowley Maritime-owned and operated vessels were honoured with Certificates of Environmental Achievement for years of safe operations during the 11th annual Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) awards ceremony today (Thursday).
Crowley received an award for each vessel that worked at least two consecutive years without an environmental incident. The 89 vessels have logged a combined 968 years of service without incident, a true testament to Crowley’s commitment to keeping harbours and oceans clean.
Each year, CSA invites all owners and operators of vessels that work on oceans or inland waterways to nominate their vessels for Environmental Achievement awards. Approximately 1,386 vessels from 58 companies, including Crowley, were recognised this year at the ceremony held in Washington DC. The honoured vessels accumulated a total of 10,749 years of safe operations.
Forty seven of Crowley’s vessels have gone without incident for 10 or more consecutive years, including the following: Saturn, 45 years; Kuparuk River and Kavik River, each with 44 years; and Sag River, 39 years. Crowley has been honoured with Environmental Achievement Awards each year since at least 2005.
“Safety is the No. 1 core value at Crowley. This includes the safety of our people and those around them as well as the environment,” said Mike Golonka, Vice President, Ship Management.
“These awards recognise the rigorous work of our crews, who ensure that our vessels operate safely and in an environmentally responsible manner.”
Accepting the awards on behalf of Crowley were Andy Legge, Manager, Operations Integrity; Steve Sears, Captain; Mike Lamb, Captain, Pelican State; Mark Richards, Port Engineer, Cape T’s; Tim Weber, Chief Engineer, Cape Decision; Tara Weber, Engineer, Cape Edmont; and Kevin Cameron, Port Captain.
Crowley published a Safety in Towing Handbook two decades before the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, evidence of the company’s long history of environmental protection. This commitment has developed into a strong company culture of environmental stewardship, in which the company focuses on greener technology, more environmentally friendly operations and partnerships that help build a greener planet.
Crowley’s EcoStewardship initiatives have led to special recognition over the years from several government organisations including the US Coast Guard’s William Benkert Award for Environmental Excellence, Washington Department of Ecology Exceptional Compliance Program, Pacific States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force Legacy Award and the United States Green Building Council LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Award Designation, among others.