Crowley Announces Personnel Change in Valdez and in Marine Personnel Department
Valdez Operation Includes Tanker Assist and Escort Business in Valdez and Prince William Sound, Alaska
Charlie Nalen Named General Manager
(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.; October 7, 2009) Crowley Maritime Corporation announced today that Charlie Nalen has been named general manager of the company's Valdez operation. In his new position, Nalen will be responsible for the entirety of Crowley's marine operations in Valdez including ship assist and escort services for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company's Ship Escort/Response Vessel System (SERVS). He will report to Bruce Harland, vice president of contract services, Alaska and will relocate from Jacksonville, Fla. to Valdez.
"Charlie has helped to position Crowley as an industry leader in safety and environmental protection," said Harland. "He has taken the corporation to new heights and has earned a tremendous amount of respect from both Crowley customers and industry officials. We are very much looking forward to him bringing that know-how and focus to the Valdez operation where safety is paramount."
Nalen has held a number of related positions during his 29 years with Crowley. He joined the company in 1980 as manager of loss control for Crowley's California division. In the years that followed, he assumed positions of increasing responsibility in the risk management and loss control areas of the corporation.
In 1990, Nalen was promoted to vice president of risk management and environmental affairs for Crowley's Pacific division, and in 1991, became vice president of environmental affairs for the corporation. He assumed his position as vice president, ESQA (Environmental Safety Quality Assurance) for the corporation in 1994. Nalen is a Thomas Crowley Trophy recipient, Crowley Maritime Corporation's highest honor. Nalen is widely credited with helping to implement an environmental management system and for spearheading and fast-tracking ISO and ISM certification processes for Crowley operations and vessels on both coasts and internationally. Customers rely on these certificates to ensure Crowley's quality systems are in place and working effectively. This quality verification has also enabled Crowley to expand its scope of services and become the preferred vendor for many customers. In 2008, Nalen was named Signal Mutual's first ever Safety Professional of the Year. The award honors safety professionals from Signal Mutual insured companies who are instrumental in helping initiate and develop outstanding safety performance within their respective companies.
Prior to joining Crowley, Nalen worked as the Director of Vocational Education for the Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship, a Seafarers International Union (SIU) training facility in Piney Point, Md.. He was a teacher and administrator at the school for eight years. Before that, he sailed as a second and third engineer for five years on various tankers.
Nalen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary education from the University of Maryland, and a Third Assistant Engineer's License from the Calhoon School of Engineering in Baltimore.
Since 1953, Crowley has provided various marine, petroleum distribution, and energy support services in Alaska - from the North Slope to South central Alaska and both coastal and inland communities including those along the Kuskokwim and Yukon Rivers - and today has offices and operations throughout the state with more than 650 employees. During the past half century, Crowley has consistently provided unique solutions to Alaska's logistics and marine transportation challenges and played an important role in Alaska's business development and in protecting its environment. The company began handling fuel and freight in 1896 as Black Navigation, sailing in Prince William Sound and expanding service to the Yukon and Tanana Rivers in 1916.
Changes Announced in Crowley's Marine Personnel Department
Margaret Reasoner Named Managing Director
(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.; October 7, 2009) Crowley Maritime Corporation announced today that it has restructured its marine personnel department to work more closely with its labor relations group. The move promotes Margaret Reasoner to managing director and gives her responsibility for developing programs, policies and procedures specifically for Crowley's vessel personnel. Reasoner will report to Steve Demeroutis, vice president, labor relations.
Scott Craig, director West Coast/Alaska, who now reports to Reasoner, will continue to have responsibility for the Seattle, Long Beach, Valdez and Anchorage crewing locations that service operations from southern California to northwestern Alaska encompassing more than 70-crewed vessels and 800-plus mariners.
Ira Douglas has been promoted to director East Coast and Gulf also reporting to Reasoner. Douglas will have day-to-day responsibility for more than 65-crewed vessels and approximately 1,200 mariners in locations from Lake Charles, La. to Petty's Island, N.J., 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.
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.
Scott CraigCraig 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&M University in Marine Transportation and a MBA from the University of Washington.
Ira DouglasDouglas joined Crowley in 2006 as representative, marine recruiter in Jacksonville where he was responsible for organizing and effecting Crowley's recruiting efforts of sea-going personnel. Ira sailed as Third Assistant Engineer for three years with both the AMO and MEBA. He is a 2003 graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy where he earned a bachelor's degree in marine engineering systems. He also holds an unlimited horsepower Second Assistant Engineer license for diesel engines and Third Assistant Engineer for steam and turbine engines.
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.
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. The company 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 through its TITAN Salvage subsidiary; vessel management; vessel construction and naval architecture through its Jensen Maritime subsidiary; 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.
Posted: October 8, 2009
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