Resolution recognizing and expressing appreciation for the contributions of Crowley Maritime Corporation and its employees within Alaska communities

Resolution 18-03 – Passed May 3, 2018

The Alert, one of Crowley's  prevention and response tugs.

The Alert, one of Crowley’s prevention and response tugs.

WHEREAS, Crowley Maritime Corporation (aka Crowley Marine Services, Crowley Marine Solutions, Crowley Alaska) has been a valued partner to the people and businesses of Alaska since 1953 and was a major provider of marine services during the construction of the Trans Alaska Pipeline System and Valdez Marine Terminal; and,

WHEREAS, Crowley Maritime tugs were first on the scene to the Exxon Valdez oil spill and supported spill cleanup afterwards with a variety of vessels and services; and,

WHEREAS, Crowley Maritime has been actively engaged in ensuring the safe transit of crude oil tankers through Prince William Sound to the Gulf of Alaska, since the advent of the current ship escort system established 17 years ago; and,

WHEREAS, Crowley Maritime and its crews have demonstrated significant skill and talent in their ability to operate tugboats in extreme conditions, such as those seen in the Gulf of Alaska; and,

WHEREAS, Crowley Maritime has acted to render immediate assistance to tankers in distress in adverse conditions and prevented potential accidents in the Sound; and,

WHEREAS, Crowley Maritime ’s professionalism and expertise are recognized statewide, such as assisting vessels in distress outside of Prince William Sound, including in perilous conditions; and,

WHEREAS, Crowley Maritime made significant contributions to reducing the risk of crude oil spills in Alaska waters with the design, testing, and operation of the five then-state-of-the art tugs brought into service in Prince William Sound in 1999 to 2000; and,

WHEREAS, Crowley Maritime was recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard with the William M. Benkert Award for excellence in marine environmental protection in 2000, which includes a record of implementing outstanding marine environmental protection programs that far exceed regulatory requirements; and,

WHEREAS, Crowley Maritime successfully demonstrated the ability of their escort tugs to arrest a disabled tanker in higher winds and rougher sea states during an exercise in 2004; and,

Firefighters practice responding to a fire onboard a vessel during the Marine Firefighting Symposium.

WHEREAS, Crowley Maritime has actively supported the Council’s efforts to train land-based community firefighters in the marine firefighting techniques through the biennial Marine Firefighting Symposium; and,

WHEREAS, Crowley Maritime employees have worked to improve marine safety, including their contributions to the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association’s effort to provide drill conductor training for the commercial fishing industry; and,

WHEREAS, Crowley Maritime has worked extensively with AVTEC – Alaska’s Institute of Technology to foster future mariners in our local communities, such as supporting job training, funding scholarships to Alaskans attending AVTEC maritime training, and assisting with an AVTEC education grant in 2016; and

WHEREAS, Crowley Maritime employees have been active members in the communities where they live, contributing to local organizations, school activities, and events in Alaska; and,

WHEREAS, Crowley Maritime has proven to be an excellent partner with the Council, promoting its mission: Citizens promoting the environmentally safe operation of the Alyeska terminal and associated tankers.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council recognizes and expresses appreciation and gratitude for the contributions Crowley Maritime Corporation has made to benefit the citizens of Alaska, including enhancing safe navigation and minimizing environmental impacts related to oil spills in Prince William Sound and its downstream communities; and,

BE FURTHER RESOLVED, that Crowley Maritime Corporation and their staff were Guardians of Prince William Sound during their time as contractor, working to prevent oil spills and maintain the best response system possible should prevention measures fail; and,

BE FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Council expresses its best regards for Crowley Maritime Corporation and all of its crews and wishes it the best of luck in all of its future endeavors.

PASSED AND APPROVED by the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council on this 3rd day of May, 2018.

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