(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.; July 23, 2009) California Maritime Academy Cadet Samuel Thompson was presented Crowley’s Deck Excellence and Seamanship Award during the academy’s recent graduation ceremonies. Thompson, a marine transportation major, has proved himself as an exemplary cadet and future seaman, has served as squad academic and training leader, section academic and training leader, and company chief mate.
As company chief mate, Thompson initiated and penned most of a new training manual for cadets, which focuses primarily on real-world and practical skills. He also was instrumental in starting an instructional website for cadets and professional mariners alike. The website includes tutorials and lessons in radar, celestial navigation, terrestrial navigation, among other topics.
“Cadet Thompson has many of the characteristics needed to be a successful in this business,” said Chris Peterson, Crowley’s vice president of marine services, who presented the award. “We are pleased to be able to recognize him with this award and wish him a long and rewarding career.”
William B. Eisenhardt, president of Cal Maritime, also thanked Crowley for the company’s continued involvement in education.
“Thank you for adding so significantly to our awards ceremony,” he said. “Your continued participation and support of our graduates plays a significant part in our commencement activities.”
The recent Crowley award is part of Crowley’s lengthy and ongoing commitment to education. Over the years, Crowley Chairman, President and CEO, Tom Crowley Jr., has directed the company to recognize deserving students at the maritime academies and other select institutions in the U.S., Caribbean and Central America with awards and scholarships in the name of his father Thomas B. Crowley Sr., who guided the company to extraordinary heights before passing away in 1994.
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 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 www.crowley.com.