Crowley Fuels took delivery of its new Alaska Class 100,000-barrel, articulated tug-barge, which will be used to transport multiple clean petroleum products for the Alaska market, from Bollinger Shipyards.
Undertaking the process of engineering and building a marine vessel requires input from a vast range of people with specific areas of expertise, but it all starts when a prospective owner approaches an architect or engineer with the hope of turning a dream into a tangible blueprint.
For more than 66 years, Crowley Fuels has distinguished itself as a leader in the Alaska fuel industry, providing the transportation, distribution, and sale of petroleum products to more than 280 communities across the state.
In Western Alaska, oceans are lifelines for the villages, allowing Crowley’s specially built tugs and barges and highly trained crews to transit and resupply depleted fuel after a long winter of iced-in isolation.
The Soloys are an Alaska flying family, with three generations of helicopter and airplane pilots in the family tree. For the past forty years, Chris Soloy has put that expertise to work in the family business, Soloy Helicopters, a Wasilla-based helicopter services company serving many different industries across Alaska.
Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that is a byproduct of internal combustion engines. Many internal combustion engine airplanes are heated by air that has been warmed by circulating air around the exhaust system using a heater shroud. A defect or leak in the exhaust pipes or muffler can introduce carbon monoxide into the cockpit. Continued exposure increases risks to aviators, including impaired judgement, oxygen starvation, loss of control, and eventually incapacitation and death.