Friday, April 26, 2013

Crowley, Bowhead Announce Joint Venture

Crowley Marine Services and Bowhead Transport Co. have formed a joint venture to provide marine services in Alaska’s Arctic region. The new company, operating under the name UIC Bowhead-Crowley, is expected to focus on the needs of the Arctic’s oil and gas industries.

“We look to provide greater efficiency, lower costs, expanded capabilities and higher value to our customers through the joint venture,” Bowhead Transport General Manager Jim Dwight said.

Both companies have long histories of providing services in the Arctic. Bowhead Transport, a subsidiary of Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corp. (UIC) - the Alaska Native Village Corporation of Barrow, Alaska - has provided common carriage service for 30 years to the coastal communities of Alaska. Crowley has provided marine transportation, energy support and petroleum distribution services throughout the state for over 60 years. Seattle-based Bowhead Transport is a provider of marine cargo transportation whose fleet of vessels serves the North Slope of Alaska’s coastal communities.

“This new partnership is really tailored to meet the needs of customers in the oil and gas, mining and minerals, and engineering, procurement and construction management industries,” Bruce Harland, Crowley’s vice president in Anchorage said. “Our solutions team is very much looking forward to working with Bowhead.”