Crowley and Jensen Maritime Awarded During Workboat Show

(JACKSONVILLE; December 17, 2008) During the recent Workboat Show, Crowley was recognized for its environmental initiatives, receiving honorable mention for the 2008 Workboat Environmental Award, and Crowley subsidiary, Jensen Maritime, was awarded two Significant Boats of 2008 Awards – one for its HandyOne tug and one for its barge TAGGATZ.

The environmental award was developed to recognize businesses and government agencies operating in the U.S. maritime industry that have successfully incorporated environmentally sustainable practices into their operations.  The awards committee was comprised of industry, environmental, regulatory and media representatives.

“From vessel and system designs to onboard and shoreside operational procedures, we as a company strive diligently to protect the environment today and into the future,” said Steve Collar. Senior vice president and general manager, technical services, who accepted the award on Crowley’s behalf.  

Crowley’s environmental stewardship is exemplified by the industry certifications and numerous accolades it has received.  Recent examples are Crowley’s certification to the international standard ISO 14001 Environmental Management System; certification to the Articulated Tug barge (ATB) 650-3 by Lloyd’s Register Group under its Green Passport program; and special recognition by several prestigious government organizations of Crowley’s environmental stewardship – including the Chamber of Shipping of America, the U.S. Coast Guard’s William Benkert award for environmental excellence, Washington Department of Ecology Exceptional Compliance Program and the Pacific States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Fore Legacy Award.

Jensen Maritime was also awarded for its design work on HandyOne and TAGGATZ. Each year, WorkBoat magazine recognizes new boats for design or technological advances, speed, style, etc.

The HandyOne class boat was designed to meet market demands for a smaller, lower horsepower tug.  The HandySize tug was developed to accommodate up to 3,200 BHP installed power, and be conventional or Z-drive powered.  Jensen designed a dual rudder arrangement integrated with the nozzle to maximize maneuverability with the conventional power option.

The vessel is 74-ft in length and has a fuel capacity of about 25,000 gallons.  The current hull is being designed to have both black and gray water holding tanks such that the vessel does not discharge any water into harbor waters.  Options include fire pumps of up to 2,000 gpm with single or dual fire monitors, a deck crane forward and pads for winches forward and aft.   The vessel is fitted with three staterooms, a messing/galley area and a single head.  The engine room is spacious for a small vessel, with two mains and two generators.  A lazarette/drive room aft adds more storage area, with access through a watertight door from the engine room.  A compact Pilot House provides excellent visibility around the vessel.

Also recognized was Jensen’s design work on barge TAGGATZ. The TAGGATZ vessel is used as a floating hotel for the crews working the USACE Dredge GOETZ, currently located 850 river miles in the upper Mississippi River basin.  The vessel is 160′ long and 40′ wide, with a normal draft of about 6′.  It can house up to 60 people and holds nearly 10,000 gallons of diesel and fresh water, plus incorporates significant storage for sewage and grey water.  Each stateroom has its own head and shower facilities.  

Although the vessel is not self-propelled, it has everything else the crew needs for a few weeks at sea.  There is a large lounge and exercise room in addition to the mess area, which seats 40 people.  Below deck, there is a machinery room with the ship service generators and boilers, as well as an auxiliary machinery room for maintenance and repair work.  On the main deck is an office space for the dredging crew.

The vessel was built to ABS Class and USCG inspected passenger vessel standards.  ABS performed the drawings and construction reviews.

Jensen Maritime’s experience spans all aspects of boat and vessel design and engineering.  The company has designed fishing boats, fireboats, patrol boats, ferries and tugboats. Jensen also has extensive experience with vessel modifications, such as lengthening, deepening, and sponsoning.  Onsite consulting services are provided anywhere in the world, and Jensen can also assist with project management, price negotiations, feasibility studies, surveys, reports, contract negotiations and design regulatory agency representation.

Jacksonville-based Crowley Holdings Inc., a newly formed holding company of the 116-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

By Professional Mariner Staff