Tom Crowley, Jr., chairman, president and CEO of Crowley Maritime Corp., was awarded the National Transportation Award from the National Defense Transportation Association, at the group’s annual logistics forum and exposition in Nashville, Tenn. in late September.
NDTA Chairman Ray Ebeling made the presentation to Crowley at the Chairman’s Awards Dinner, the highlight of the multi-day event. Richard Haynes, executive director, Military Sealift Command, was also honored as the Department of Defense Distinguished Service Award recipient, and Col. Joseph (Joe) Torsani, Jr., USA (Ret.), chairman of NDTA’s Council of Regional Presidents, was recognized with the NDTA President’s Award.
Crowley, whose father, Thomas B. Crowley, Sr., was recognized with the same award in 1970, said he was pleased to accept on behalf of the 4,300 Crowley employees around the world who help provide a wide variety of Crowley services to the Department of Defense and government.
“Our relationship with the Department of Defense is as diverse as Crowley and the different services we provide,” Crowley said.
Speaking directly to the hundreds of senior military and industry leaders in attendance, he said “we work hard to serve many of you. Given the state of the economy, you might say we’re sticking our neck out a bit; I don’t think that’s the case,” he said referring to the fact that while many businesses continue to downsize, Crowley is expanding operations, anticipating economic recovery in a patriotic way.
“We’re investing in the American flag, a proud tradition in our 117-year history,” he said. “Over the past 10 years, we’ve committed over $1 billion to build tugs, barges and ATBs. All of these units are US-built, US-flagged, US-crewed and Jones Act qualified. I firmly believe that the way we keep America strong is that we invest in American ship yards, American jobs, and in the American merchant marine.
“This investment in new U.S.-flag petroleum tonnage is one of the reasons why I believe we’ve been able to transport and deliver hundreds of millions of barrels of petroleum products without a single incident since we began our ATB program in 2002,” he said.