Tom Crowley Named an Ultimate CEO by Jacksonville Business Journal [8/18/2014]
Congratulations to Tom Crowley for being named a Northeast Florida Ultimate CEO! Tom and fellow honorees were recognized by the Jacksonville Business Journal for their outstanding commitment to excellence, leadership roles within the organization and unmatched contributions to the local community.
Crowley Heavy Deck Strength Barge Helps Launch U.S. Navy's Newest Littoral Combat Ship, USS Montgomery [8/15/2014]
Crowley Maritime Corp.'s ocean class tugboat Ocean Sky and heavy lift barge 455-4, managed by the company's Houston-based solutions group, provided support to shipbuilder Austal USA during the launch of the newly built U.S. Navy Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), USS Montgomery, last week in Mobile, Ala.
To facilitate the launch, the Montgomery was first moved from Austal's shoreside assembly zone to the deck of Crowley's 455-4, a feat that required hoisting the 1,600 metric-ton warship almost three feet off the ground and shifting it 400 feet on board the ballasted barge via self-propelled modular trailers (SPMTs). The 455-4 was moored adjacent to Austal's assembly bay after having been delivered to the Port of Mobile by Crowley's tug Ocean Sky. Once the Montgomery was securely on board the barge, local harbor tugs shifted the vessels to a nearby floating dry dock, BAE Systems' Drydock Alabama. The dry dock was made level with the 455-4, and the Montgomery was then driven on board by the SPMTs. As the final step, the Drydock Alabama was submerged and the Montgomery safely entered the water for the first time.
"We listened to our customer's needs, worked diligently to create a feasible solution and were able to help them fulfill their project goals on time and on budget," said Crowley Vice President John Ara. "This is the beginning of what we hope is a long, supportive relationship with Austal USA, BAE and the U.S. Navy."
Austal will utilize Crowley's 455-4, which has deck strength of 4,200 pounds per square foot, in a similar capacity during the planned Sept. launch of the U.S. Navy's (USN) spearhead class Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV), Trenton. The JHSV will be used for fast, intra-theater transportation of troops, military vehicles and equipment when it enters service later this year.
The Montgomery is the second of ten 127-meter independence-variant LCS class ships Austal has been contracted to build for the USN and is the first Navy new-build of this kind for which Crowley has provided support services. The warship's fast, agile, focused-mission platform is designed for operation in near-shore environments yet is capable of open-ocean operation. The ship is currently moored in the Mobile River in front of Austal USA's facility, where it will undergo final outfitting and activation before sea trials and delivery to the Navy.
Crowley's solutions group is a Project Management Organization (PMOrg) providing marine solutions as a prime contractor for the energy and resource extraction industries. This specialized team, which has its main Project Management Office (PMO) in Houston, Texas, provides turnkey marine solutions through the company's diverse capabilities, assets and world-class project management skills. The solutions group allows Crowley to provide greater value to customers with multifaceted marine and offshore construction-related projects.
Crowley Named a Top 100 Third-Party Logistics (3PL) Provider for Sixth Consecutive Year [8/19/2014]
Crowley Maritime Corp.'s logistics group has been named a Top 100 Third-Party Logistics (3PL) Provider by Inbound Logistics for the sixth consecutive year. Editors selected Crowley and fellow honorees from hundreds of candidates based on each company's ability to meet and surpass readers' evolving outsourcing needs.
"This award is - again - a great testimony to the hard work of our entire team, which continues to focus on streamlining our customers' supply chain through the unique vertical integration that Crowley offers clients," said Crowley's Frank Larkin, senior vice president and general manager, logistics. "If time is indeed money, our customers recognize that making one call to Crowley can help them find the extra velocity they are looking for in delivering their products to market. We are grateful to once again receive this recognition from the editors of Inbound Logistics."
Crowley's logistics group has been recognized as a Top 3PL Provider since 2009. Each year, Inbound Logistics recognizes the best logistics solutions providers based on their ability to offer diverse operational capabilities, scalability and experience to meet unique supply chain and logistics needs. Editors selected this year's class of Top 3PL providers from a pool of more than 250 companies. They carefully analyzed submissions for consideration by conducting phone interviews and online research, and compared that data to readers' burgeoning global supply chain and logistics challenges. The resulting list celebrates logistics service providers that are at the top of their game while detailing the broad array of services and solutions they provide.
"World-class logistics performance is crucial for companies of all sizes - from Fortune 500 to SMBs. Given the scope and scale of that challenge, IL editors recognize that Crowley provides the kinds of solutions that companies large and small rely on to solve the tactical logistics issues of serving customers better, faster and more efficiently," said Felecia Stratton, editor, Inbound Logistics. "Crowley is responsive, and continues to anticipate evolving needs by also offering the strategic solutions required to drive business process improvement and change for customers. For those reasons, Inbound Logistics editors are proud to recognize Crowley as one of our 2014 Top 100 3PLs."
Inbound Logistics is a leading trade magazine targeted toward business logistics and supply chain managers. The magazine's editorial mission is to help companies of all sizes better manage corporate resources by speeding and reducing inventory and supporting infrastructure and better matching demand signals to supply lines. More information is available at www.inboundlogistics.com
Safety Moment: Never Take a Vacation from Safety [8/14/2014]
For most people summer is relatively carefree. It is a time to be outdoors, visit with friends and take vacations with the family. But summer can also be stressful. Work may pile up when we are out on vacation. Sometimes we need to cover for our colleagues when they are out. A lot of work is being scheduled and our overall business picks up before the start of the holiday season. And children are preparing to start a new school year.
There are a lot of distractions, and with distractions come the potential for accidents. With so many things competing for our attention, we must always remember never to take a vacation from safety.
Here are 6 tips for staying focused and safe during these hectic summer months:
1. Have and maintain well defined goals, with safety being at the top of the list. Whenever you find yourself getting distracted, refer back to your goals to refocus. Also, breaking your goals down into bite sized chunks can give you the motivation to get things done and move you higher on the mood elevator.
2. Bring the Crowley Safety culture home. In order for us to reach our 0-0-0 goal, we must take safety personally and be accountable both at home and work. Spend a little extra time planning your vacation and thinking through specific activities to avoid any potential pitfalls.
3. Remove distractions and block out time. Make distractions difficult and inconvenient to access. Block out time on your calendar to dedicate to specific tasks.
4. Enlist help when carrying a heavy load. Communicate with your colleagues and supervisors about your goals and work load. Colleagues and supervisors can help keep you accountable and provide support when needed.
5. Speak up. Commend those employees who take the time to perform the job safely and embrace our 0-0-0 culture. Also, hold others accountable and exercise your stop work authority when you witness something unsafe.
6. Take some time for yourself or learn tension-taming techniques. Relaxation techniques such as yoga, journaling and meditation can help you manage excess and chronic stress.
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Ron Boatwright SR