JUNE 13, 2012 — Crowley Maritime Corporation has made its first delivery of petroleum products to the U.S. Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, via articulated tug-barge (ATB) tank vessel. The cargo was loaded in San Diego, Calif., and transported to Guantanamo Bay aboard Crowley's ATB Coastal Reliance / 550-4.
The fuel delivery was made in support of Crowley customer Military Sealift Command (MSC), which will continue utilizing the Coastal Reliance / 550-4 under short-term contract to transport clean petroleum products between the Gulf and East Coasts for the next several months. Before serving MSC, the Coastal Reliance / 550-4 operated on the West Coast for nearly a decade.
"Crowley has been serving MSC for decades in a variety of ways," said Rob Grune, Crowley's senior vice president and general manager, petroleum transportation. "We are pleased to continue serving MSC with petroleum transportation services from the U.S. to Guantanamo Bay."
The Guantanamo Bay fuel delivery was another in a long history of firsts for Crowley. In 2011, the company's petroleum transportation team sent the first ATB, the Ocean Reliance / 550-3, north of the Arctic Circle to deliver petroleum products to Nome, Alaska.
"Our fleet of ATBs – ranging in size from the 155,000-barrel 550 class to the 327,000-barrel 750 class – is not only diverse in capacity, but also in geographic capabilities," said Mr. Grune. "These vessels can be used to safely and reliably transport petroleum products and chemicals almost anywhere in the world. We've proven it by going to some of the most remote locations in some of the most extreme conditions, including the waterways of Alaska, the U.S. West and East Coasts, and now to Guantanamo Bay. We're extremely proud to support our customers in almost any way, and in almost any place, that they need products delivered."
Coastal Reliance / 550-4 is one of four Crowley owned and operated 550 class ATBs, which are approximately 20,000 deadweight tons, and approximately 605 feet in length and 78 feet in breadth. Since their construction in 2001 and 2002, these ATBs have operated on the U.S. West Coast, Canadian West Coast and Alaska for a variety of customers.
The vessels were developed and designed by Crowley specifically for West Coast operations and weather conditions, with advanced safety features such as double hulls, inert gas generator systems, segregated ballast and radar gauging systems. They offer proven reliability and performance, with the best achievable technology available today. Click here to learn more about Crowley's fleet of ATBs.