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Left: The crew of the ATB Achievement/650-8 who rescued a man in Tampa: (from left) Alan Williams, AB; Doug Carson, third mate; Pat McGee, cook; Ron Robinson, chief mate; Chris Farmer, AB/tankerman; Vince Mull, chief engineer; Travis Stringer, AB/tankerman, and Gus Cramer, captain. Not pictured: John Crawford, second mate; Zach Lindsey, assistant engineer, and Charles Jensen, assistant engineer. Graves, who has been with Crowley for more than 20 years, knows how critical teamwork is in ensuring the safety of each crewmember. March 2013 Explorer Where: Turks and Caicos Date: Vessel/Crew: The crew of the Crowley-owned vessel Explorer, arrived on scene shortly after spotting another vessel which had become disabled offshore of the Turks and Caicos islands. They responded to the stricken crew by giving them water, lifejackets, flashlights and a hand-held radio until the Coast Guard arrived on scene to provide additional assistance. The captain and crew were recognized by Coast Guard Rear Admiral William Baumgartner, who serves as commander of the Seventh Coast Guard District in Miami, for their humanitarian actions, unwavering determination, professionalism and skilled seamanship. May 4, 2013 Guard Where: San Francisco, Calif. Date: Vessel/Crew: The crew of the tugboat Guard assists in the rescue of an overturned Hobie Cat sailboat in San Francisco Bay. The sailboat was drifting dangerously close to the Benicia–Martinez Bridge and one of the boaters, who had been thrown overboard when the vessel overturned, was reportedly being swept away in the strong current. With darkness falling, the Guard successfully connected a line to the stricken sailboat and managed to right it and hold it steady, while a second tugboat rescued the man from the frigid waters. The man was found to be in good condition and wearing a wet suit when he was pulled aboard. The U.S. Coast Guard soon arrived and towed the Hobie Cat back to safety. "It only takes one wrong move [for an injury to happen], so we work together and cover each others' backs," he explained. "If we see someone making a serious mistake, we call a time out, and we break the chain." Stopping the cycle of unsafe practices, or "error chain" requires a team effort, but it also depends on support from the top. Which is why the Chief's Captain Matt Maxwell chooses to lead by example. "We make sure to have our daily safety meetings and perform all our safety drills, and if we have a new crew member, we do it again. We mentor that person and make sure they know how to do things safely," said Maxwell, who's been with Crowley for more than 17 years. He's convinced that continuous drills and training help boost mariners' confidence to handle emergency situations. "Crowley just wants us to continually improve and keep a high standard of safety. That's what we strive for every single time we step onboard our vessels." ? Learn more about... The importance of safety at Crowley at Far Left: The Explorer, based in Jacksonville, is used in Crowley's Puerto Rico liner services operation, regularly towing company-owned triple-deck Ro/Ro barges between Jacksonville and San Juan. Left: The Guard cruising along the San Francisco Bay, near the area its crew saved the life of a hypothermic man treading water in 2012. Connections Summer 2013 25

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