Crowley enters the LNG market

Written by Nick Blenkey

crowley buffingtonMAY 8, 2013 – Crowley Maritime Corporation is entering the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) market by acquiring Carib Energy LLC. As part of the  acquisition, Carib Energy President Greg Buffington (left), will join Crowley as vice president of Carib Energy. He will report to Crowley’s VP of Business Development Matt Jackson, who is heading up a new Crowley LNG services group within Crowley’s petroleum services business unit. Mr. Jackson reports to Rob Grune, Senior VP and General Manager, Petroleum Services.

The new team will marshal Crowley’s resources to serve the LNG market through LNG vessel design and construction; transportation; product sales and distribution, and full-scale, project management solutions.   

“Crowley has a myriad of business lines, each with overlapping expertise perfectly positioned to develop a strong footprint in the LNG market,” said Tom Crowley, company chairman and CEO. “Whether it’s designing the next LNG bulk transport vessel, transporting ISO tanks via Crowley’s regularly scheduled liner service, arranging special carriage via our global logistics network or providing project solutions for LNG discovery and extraction; Crowley has the service portfolio to provide turnkey solutions within the LNG space.”

The acquisition of Carib Energy, which becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Crowley Petroleum Services, now provides Crowley an immediate book of business for the supply, transportation, and distribution of LNG via 10,000 gallon ISO tanks.  While Carib Energy has a pending DOE application to supply LNG transportation services into non-FTA countries, its current licensing allows it, and now Crowley, to supply cost-efficient, environmentally friendly LNG from the U.S. to both commercial and industrial customers within the Caribbean and Central and South America – all countries where LNG is an attractive commodity thanks to its low price point in the face of growing power supply costs.  

Carib Energy is also cementing its involvement in future LNG fuel bunkering for ships transiting between the U.S. and Caribbean markets.

“The Carib Energy acquisition is an exciting opportunity for Crowley to utilize a combination of its core competencies including marine solutions, logistics planning and execution and associated technical and project management capabilities in an area that is by all measures growing rapidly both within the U.S. and abroad,” said Mr. Grune. “We look forward to playing a pivotal role with both new and existing customers as they strive to provide safe and reliable LNG distribution assets and services.”

“We are very pleased to welcome Greg to the Crowley family,” said Mr. Jackson.  “He shares our understanding of the exponential business potential for LNG as well as our corporate values. He knows our ‘One Crowley, One Team’ approach will allow us to leverage a multitude of experience towards a common goal of success within this vastly untapped energy market.”

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