JUNE 6, 2013 — Crowley Maritime Corp. has been honored with the Marine Environmental Business of the Year Award. Crowley's Gordon Brink, administrative assistant, harbor ship assist and tanker escort services, accepted the award on behalf of the company from the Port of Seattle's CEO Tay Yoshitani during the 62nd Annual Maritime Festival Luncheon in Seattle.
Each year the award is granted to a company that demonstrates environmental initiative and leadership through its commitment to helping the Port of Seattle maintain a low-carbon footprint. Crowley received the award for demonstrating a strong culture of environmental stewardship through its initiatives to keep Puget Sound and other bodies of water clean.
Crowley has twice been named runner up for the award, first in 2010 and again in 2011.
The Maritime Festival Luncheon serves as the concluding ceremony of the Seattle Maritime Festival, a four-day event held annually on the waterfront in Seattle, Wash. Crowley has participated in the festival for more than 17 years. The festival is sponsored each year by Vigor Industrial, the Propeller Club of Seattle, the Port of Seattle and others to raise awareness about the maritime industry while also supporting two local non-profit organizations, Seattle Sea Scouts and United Port Ministries.
"We are thrilled to be recognized once more for our past and ongoing environmental stewardship efforts," said Crowley's Scott Hoggarth, general manager, harbor ship assist and tanker escort services. "For Crowley, the effort to protect and improve the environment is not only a company-wide endeavor, but a way of life. We are proud to be a part of this select group that strives to make the world a greener place."
The company's early interest in keeping harbors and oceans clean has developed into a strong company culture of EcoStewardship. Recent examples of Crowley's environmental work include: the repowering of the company's tugboat Tioga, in the Pacific Northwest, and the Goliah, in Northern California, to meet Tier III emission standards a year ahead of government requirements; certification to the international standard ISO 14001 Environmental Management System; and the construction of the first two double-hulled, environmentally friendly barges to serve Western Alaska.
Crowley has also received special recognition by several environmentally focused organizations, including the Chamber of Shipping of America's Jones F. Devlin Awards for Safety, the U.S. Coast Guard's William Benkert award for environmental excellence, the Washington Department of Ecology's Exceptional Compliance Program (ECOPRO) Award, the Pacific States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force's Legacy Award, and the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan Air Quality Award.
The company's long history of environmental protection and stewardship includes the publication of a Crowley Safety in Towing Handbook in 1970, approximately 20 years before the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, which contains operational procedures to prevent spills that many years later became law. Additionally, Crowley's environmental safety leadership, which began years ago with the company's strong commitment to spill management, has been recognized by major west coast ports as well as national and local governments.