SIU members recently helped bring home elite recognition for Seafarers-contracted Crowley Petroleum Services.
Marathon Petroleum Company LP (MPC) recently presented its Elite Vessel Award for the sixth consecutive year to Crowley.
The award “recognizes the company’s mariners and vessels who serve Marathon for outstanding performance and environmental protection,” Crowley reported. The award, presented at a reception in Jacksonville, Florida, honors vessel operators (including the crews) for their customer service, dependability and exemplary performance in health, safety and environmental excellence. “Select, high-performing Crowley mariners were chosen to represent their ships and crewmates at the award ceremony,” Crowley noted. “Each mariner received a plaque to commemorate their team’s achievements.”
Crowley vessels recognized for 2018 – all featuring SIU crews – included the tanker West Virginia (represented at the event by Capt. James Cunningham); articulated tug-barge (ATB) Courage/650-5 (represented by Capt. Darren Bates); ATB Liberty/750-3 (represented by Second Mate Coronado Hickman); tanker Louisiana (represented by First Assistant Engineer Seth Green); ATB Legend/750-2 (represented by Chief Mate Kyle O’Connor); ATB Achievement/650-8; and tanker Ohio.
Bates pointed out that his ATB “involves two crews, which is 22 people year-round, in order to make the award happen. Those guys deserve all the credit. I appreciate them working safely, following the rules and going home safe to their families. At the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about.”
He added, “I thought it was a nice ceremony and a good way to show appreciation for the crews meeting the companies’ standards. Marathon and Crowley are both great to work for. They set their standards high for safety, quality work and protecting the environment.
Hickman stated, “I had a really good time at the event. It was nice meeting the higher-ups and it’s a very special award. It goes to show how much hard work and dedication we put in. It’s nice to get rewarded and know they’re happy with our dedication.”
“Crowley is committed to safe and reliable transportation, and we are proud of the dedicated service and professionalism that these honorees demonstrate every day,” said Tucker Gilliam, vice president, petroleum services, Crowley. “We appreciate the trust and partnership that Marathon has for our company and the men and women who serve the fleet.”