Crowley Shipping has formed a New Energy division strategically focused on diverse services supporting the emerging energy sectors in the U.S. and adjacent regions – concentrating in offshore wind and liquefied natural gas (LNG).
“At Crowley, we have a strong company culture of environmental stewardship and sustainability in not only our own operations, but in our services to customers,” said Chairman and CEO Tom Crowley. “The New Energy division captures our commitment to those cultural principles while delivering the innovative solutions that help customers in these emerging sectors succeed.”
Matt Yacavone, senior vice president and general manager, Crowley Shipping, described the New Energy division as the "next evolution in our prioritization of this market with a singular focus on developing and delivering access and support to more sustainable energy sources to our customers.”
Crowley has provided LNG distribution services since 2013, when it acquired Carib Energy LLC, the first company to receive a small-scale LNG export license from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for LNG transportation from the U.S. into Free Trade Agreement (FTA) countries.
Since that time, Crowley has expanded its LNG services to include not only sourcing and distribution services for industrial and commercial customers, but also microgrid solutions, engineering services and vessel fuel bunkering services. This expertise includes fueling of its own LNG-powered combination container/roll-on roll-off (ConRo) vessels, which operate weekly in the U.S. mainland-to-Puerto Rico liner cargo trade.
Offshore wind power is emerging in the U.S. The company said it expects its expansion in the offshore wind industry to be as a total lifecycle service provider, with tailored solutions in support of the entire project. The solutions include:
• transportation of turbines during construction
• designs for industry-specific support vessels
• shoreside terminaling
• supply chain services from farm construction through decommissioning.
“Crowley takes the one-source concept to the next level as a lifecycle service provider,” said Jeff Andreini, vice president, New Energy division. “We have engineered solutions to assist our industry partners in the installation of their wind farms, and once the project is complete, wind power companies can continue to turn to Crowley for operations and maintenance as well as help managing the terminal and vessel activity.”
“Wind power companies entering the U.S. market have big needs—infrastructure and supply chain just for starters,” Andreini continued. “Because of the newness of the American market, it’s hard for companies to know what they don’t know or will need. Facing this uncertainty, Crowley provides a turnkey supply chain solution for piecing these massive projects together.”
Jacksonville, Fla.-based Crowley Holdings Inc. is the parent company of Crowley Maritime Corp., a privately-held company that provides worldwide logistics, government, marine and energy solutions.
Crowley operates four business units: Crowley Logistics, a supply chain management division that includes logistics and ocean liner cargo transportation services; Crowley Shipping, which encompasses ownership, operations and management of conventional and dual fuel (LNG) vessels, including tankers, container ships, multipurpose tugboats and barges; sustainable energy solutions for the emerging offshore wind and liquefied natural gas (LNG) sectors; engineering; project management; naval architecture and vessel construction management; Crowley Fuels, a fuel transportation, distribution and sales division in Alaska; and Crowley Solutions, which focuses on global government services and program management including, ship management, expeditionary logistics, technology solutions, energy solutions and freight transportation and logistics services.