SEATTLE - As part of its Seattle Maritime Festival '11 activities here, the Seattle Propeller Club at its 60th annual Seattle Maritime Festival Luncheon recognized two firms for environmental stewardship.
Harley Marine Services was awarded the 2011 Marine Environmental Business of the Year in a presentation aboard Holland America Line's Zaandam at Smith Cove Terminal here. Deborah Franco, vice president of HR, QSE and administration for Harley accepted the award from Tay Yoshitani, CEO Port of Seattle, on behalf of Harley Marine Services.
Harley took home first place in the WorkBoat Environmental Awards for Environmental Initiative at the most-recent WorkBoat International show, held last December. Environmental initiatives by the company include an aggressive overhaul and replacement program to upgrade tugboat engines (main and auxiliary) from existing Tier I standards to Tier II and Tier III standards.
At the same ceremony, Crowley Maritime Corporation was recognized with its second consecutive honorable mention award for Marine Environmental Business of the Year. Scott Hoggarth, Crowley general manager, ship assist and escort services, accepted the award on behalf of the company from Yoshitani.
Recent examples of Crowley's environmental work include certification of all nine of the Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) 650 Series barges by Lloyds Register Group under its Green Passport program, the repowering of the company's Southern California harbor tugs to meet Tier II emission standards three years ahead of government requirements, and the construction of the first two double-hulled, environmentally friendly barges to serve Western Alaska.