Looking behind the scenes of the oil and gas industry, it quickly becomes apparent that it requires a lot of moving parts to keep things running smoothly.
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.
While many Alaskans are daydreaming of warmer days ahead, those who deliver fuel to the state’s residents remain knee-deep in winter work until temperatures rise regardless of the calendar date.