Crowley Continues Expansion of Marine Personnel Department

Feb 26, 2009 12:00 AM (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.; February 25, 2009) Crowley Maritime Corporation announced today that it is continuing the expansion of its newly formed marine personnel department through the appointments of Scott Craig to director West Coast/Alaska and Margaret Reasoner, director, East Coast/Gulf. Craig will have responsibility for the Seattle, Long Beach and Anchorage crewing locations that service operations from southern California to northwestern Alaska encompassing more than 70-crewed vessels and 800-plus mariners. Reasoner will have day-to-day responsibility for more than 65-crewed vessels and approximately 1,200 mariners in locations from Lake Charles, Lou. to Petty's Island, NJ including deep sea and towing operations that encompass tankers, container ships, government and commercially owned vessels as well as Crowley's new 750 series ATB fleet.  

Craig joined Crowley in 1975 as mate and participated in sealifts and common carrier cargo and petroleum services in Alaska. In 1987 he was promoted to captain and served in the Puget Sound ship assist and escort and petroleum transportation service.  Craig came ashore as senior port captain in 1998 in charge of the towed-petroleum fleet and became operations manager for the ship assist and escort group in 2005.  He also supervised the marine crewing staff until the creation of the marine personnel department earlier this year.  

Craig holds a bachelor's degree from Texas A University in Marine Transportation and a MBA from the University of Washington.

Reasoner began her career with Crowley in 1983 as a cadet aboard the tug Guardian before working her way up to captain aboard various vessels.  She still holds the honor of being the first female captain within the Crowley fleet to sail with an all female crew.  Reasoner is a 1984 graduate of the California Maritime Academy.

Reasoner came ashore with Crowley in 1998 as senior port captain for San Francisco Bay and the northern California coast dealing primarily with petroleum tug and barge and ship assist operations. She also had responsibility for the business management of Clean Pacific, Oil Spill Response Organization, a former Crowley alliance that included ship assist and salvage operations in Eureka. In 2005, Margaret joined the technical management group as senior port captain handling operations, safety and security for Crowley's managed ships.  She also coordinated aspects of the Ocean Ranger and missile tracking ship contracts.

Before joining Crowley, Reasoner worked as a marine consultant, harbor master, marine facilities inspector, management trainee and stowage coordinator.  She also taught navigation and vessel handling courses as a professor at California Maritime Academy.

Crowley's new marine personnel department was developed to take a corporate-wide view of the company's marine resources. It is dedicated to personnel development that standardizes policy and procedures, prioritizes required training and focuses on retention and promotion of qualified mariners to ensure company durability. The department is headed by Cole Cosgrove, vice president. Currently, Crowley has almost 1,600 seamen on permanent billet throughout the U.S. with approximately 650 based in the west coast / Alaska region and more than 900 based on the east coast / gulf regions. This number does not include the 2,000 - 3,000 relief personnel Crowley employs bringing the total number of active mariners to as high as 4,600.

Crowley has always been a company interested in building people, not just careers. This commitment by the company is focused on providing the best service we can for mariners that have been with us for 30 years or those looking for an opportunity to begin work in an extremely challenging industry with some of the most respected seafarers under U.S. flag. Maintaining safety conscious, well trained, professional seafarers is extremely important to company durability.  With 10 new vessels being delivered in 2009 at an investment of $300M, there is no doubt that Crowley is planning for the next generation.

Jacksonville-based Crowley Holdings Inc., a holding company of the 117-year-old Crowley Maritime Corporation, is a privately held family and employee-owned company that provides diversified transportation and logistics services in domestic and international markets by means of six operating lines of business: Puerto Rico/Caribbean Liner Services, Latin America Liner Services, Logistics Services, Petroleum Services, Marine Services and Technical Services. Offered within these operating lines of business are the following services: liner container shipping, logistics, contract towing and transportation; ship assist and escort; energy support; salvage and emergency response; vessel management; vessel construction and naval architecture; government services, and petroleum and chemical transportation, distribution and sales. Additional information about Crowley its subsidiaries and business units may be found on the Internet at www.crowley.com.
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