Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Crowley Receives Washington Ecology Dept. Award

By Mark Edward Nero

The State of Washington’s Department of Ecology on March 13 honored Crowley Maritime’s petroleum services division with the Exceptional Compliance Program, or ECOPRO, award in recognition of excellence in marine safety and environmental stewardship.

The ECOPRO program, which was founded in 1999, is a non-regulatory environmental protection program for tank vessels, recognizing operators that demonstrate exceptional compliance with the program’s strict criteria. Crowley is one of the largest independent operators of tank vessels in the US.

Ecology Department Deputy Director Polly Zehn, representing the State’s Department of Ecology Spill Prevention, Preparedness and Response Program, presented the award to Crowley during a ceremony at Seattle’s Odyssey Maritime Discovery Center. Crowley’s West Coast marine operations director, Capt. Mark Homeyer, accepted the award on behalf of the company before an audience of US Coast Guard and Maritime Administration attendees.

“We are proud to be among the companies representing the leading edge of operational excellence in petroleum transportation in the world today,” Homeyer said. “Our business is built on a strong commitment to environmental protection through safe and reliable petroleum transportation.”

Crowley-operated tankers and articulated-tug-barges regularly trade in Puget Sound and transport and deliver petroleum to terminals up and down the West Coast. The company Crowley first received the ECOPRO award in 2005 for its ATB division.