JACKSONVILLE, Fla.; June 20, 2007 – Crowley Maritime Corporation announced today that Capt. Bill Taylor has been promoted to vice president of bulk petroleum and chemical transportation and will manage the commercial activities of the company’s petroleum tankers and barges. He will remain domiciled in Jacksonville and report to Rocky Smith, senior vice president and general manager of petroleum services.
Taylor, who previously served as vice president of marketing and chartering, will have profit and loss responsibility for petroleum transportation, as well as responsibility for chartering, customer service and strategic planning.
“Bill has been a valuable member of the Crowley petroleum services transportation team since 2001,” said Smith. “He is highly qualified as a former chemical tanker captain and chartering manager in international and domestic trades. Moreover, he’s an excellent problem solver who works to find solutions for our customers.”
Reporting to Taylor will be Greg Nowicki, manager of chartering operations based in Jacksonville; Ray Loera and Norman George, both directors of chartering operations based in Long Beach, Calif.; Tyler Caruso, manager of sales based in Seattle, and Craig Cox, manager of planning based in Jacksonville.
Taylor graduated from the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College in 1976 and joined Marine Transport Lines as deck officer. He sailed on various vessels, including 12 years as Master of the SS Marine Chemist, before coming ashore in 1995 to work for Heidenreich Marine in Connecticut. He transferred to Singapore in 1997 to help establish OMI-Heidmar Shipping Far East office. When he returned to the United States in 1999, he rejoined MTL as vice president of marketing and chartering and remained in that position when Crowley purchased MTL in 2001.
Today, Crowley is one of the largest independent operators of petroleum barges and tankers in the United States. The company provides chemical parcel transportation and bulk petroleum transportation throughout the North American coasts, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and to a lesser degree internationally. Crowley owns and operates tank vessels, including ships, articulated tug and barge units, and conventional tugs and barges.
Jacksonville-based Crowley Maritime Corporation, founded in San Francisco in 1892, is a privately held family and employee-owned company that provides diversified transportation and logistics services in domestic and international markets by means of five operating lines of business: Liner Services; Logistics Services; Petroleum Services, Marine Services and Technical Services. Other services provided within these business lines include contract towing and transportation; ship assist and escort; energy support; salvage and emergency response; vessel management, 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.