(ACRA, Ghana) — IbisTek Crowley Ltd., the joint venture between Crowley Maritime Corp. and IbisTek LLC to provide a comprehensive package of project logistics, energy support services and emergency response capabilities in Ghana, recently led a U.S. Embassy-hosted seminar geared toward equipping participants with logistics solutions in the region’s energy and civil infrastructure sectors. The seminar, which drew more than 60 representatives from 20 companies across the state, allowed IbisTek Crowley to share insight and best practices that can ultimately help Ghana realize the full potential of its offshore petroleum resources.
“Without competent and highly sophisticated maritime service providers like IbisTek Crowley, Ghana will be challenged to fully develop the economic potential of its offshore petroleum resources,” said U.S. Ambassador to Ghana Gene Cretz. “(This partnership) between a strong global company and a well-established local firm is an effective approach to building capacity of Ghanaian companies and increasing their contribution to (Ghana’s) development.”
“We were honored to have been able to share useful information with local companies in need of logistics solutions for their businesses in West Africa,” said IbisTek Crowley’s Bleu Hillburn, director. “Together Crowley and IbisTek are uniquely suited to serve customers in this region with project management, shipping and logistics support, a wide array of diverse assets and more. It’s a win-win for anyone needing support in these industries.”
In late 2014, Crowley and IbisTek LLC announced the formation of their joint venture. The partnership, which meets the local standards required to be considered an “indigenous Ghanaian company,” leverages Crowley’s worldwide logistics footprint and project expertise and Ghana-based IbisTek’s existing relationships and customer base in the region.
The IbisTek Crowley office maximizes local participation in the oil and gas support sector through the staffing of Ghanaian national employees who will work closely with Crowley’s U.S. counterparts to ensure that the company’s culture and its values — which include safety, integrity and high performance — are fully adopted. This specialized team will be closely linked with Crowley’s existing Houston-based warehouse and distribution center, which also provides international project logistics and global freight management services.
As a part of President Barack Obama’s National Export Initiative, U.S. embassies are committed to supporting U.S. companies to start exporting or grow their exports to destinations around the world, including Ghana.