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Friday, February 5, 2016

Crowley Celebrates Safety Milestone

By Mark Edward Nero

Crowley Maritime Corp.’s tanker escort and docking services group in Valdez, Alaska is celebrating more than seven million man hours and more than six years since logging its last Lost Time Injury (LTI), the company said Feb. 3.

In addition, the company said, it hasn’t had an OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) recordable case in more than two million man-hours while performing tanker assist and escort work for Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.

In 2015, the company logged more than a million man-hours while escorting 236 tankers through Prince William Sound, transporting 185 million barrels of oil in one of the harshest environments in the world.

“We’ve partnered with Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. for more than 25 years,” said Rocky Smith, Crowley’s senior vice president and general manager, petroleum distribution and marine services. “This achievement is a testament to the keen focus on safety our professional mariners and Valdez shore side support team displays.”

In Valdez, Crowley personnel and tugs help protect the environment through a contract with Alyeska Pipeline Service’s Ship Escort/Response Vessel System. As part of the partnership, the company provides tug escorts for tankers traveling through Prince William Sound to and from the Valdez Marine Terminal. They also provide secure docking and undocking operations at the oil product loading terminals.