October 14, 2010
Crowley recognized for weather observation services
Crowley Maritime Corporation has been selected as a 2009 Company Award Winner for the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Weather Service's Voluntary Observing Ship (VOS) program. The selection was based on Crowley's 38 vessels providing 15,798 highly accurate and timely weather observations for the U.S. VOS program in 2009. Particularly impressive was Crowley's Resolve, a pusher tug operating in Alaskan waters, whose crew members alone made 1,738 observations last year, ranking her the fourteenth-highest highest reporting vessel in the entire program.
The VOS program, which was established in 1853, relies on volunteer crew members on nearly 1,000 ships around the world to monitor the weather at their locations and submit the observations to national meteorological services. These data are used to create marine weather forecasts and are archived for future use by climatologists and other scientists.
"Our vessels' crew members have been contributing first-hand weather data to VOS for decades," said Ed Burdorf, manager of marine operations for Crowley. "Crowley is proud of our history with the program and we are committed to continuing to support it. We see the impact it has each day on our own vessel operations, and we are very appreciative of this recognition."
Weather forecasters in the United States rely upon Crowley's reports heavily. These observations are used to produce the daily weather forecasts, charts, warnings, coastal-marine warnings and tropical-prediction forecasts which are distributed by NOAA's National Weather Service forecast offices, including the Tropical Analysis and Forecast branch, the Storm Prediction Center and the National Hurricane Center. Observations are also sent to all World Meteorological Organization partner countries to help produce global weather charts, advisories and forecasts imperative for the safe movement of private and commercial shipping.
"The invaluable work that Crowley ships do to collect and disseminate weather and oceanographic observations during their voyages is greatly appreciated by weather forecasters and oceanographers around the world," said Robert Luke, U.S. VOS program manager. "Your crews' hard work and dedication has reflected good credit upon your company and the seafaring community. It really does make a world of difference."