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In the final project stage, Crowley's ocean class tugs helped to position the platform in its final location in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. were right, the Ocean Wave connected to the stricken vessel and pulled it from the shoreline. Then, taking the lead, the Crowley tug towed the containership away and delivered it to port in Havana, Cuba. The vessel's first job was a success, even in challenging circumstances. "The project was significant not only because it utilized many of Crowley's unique capabilities and established relationships with Cuban entities and government, but it also provided the opportunity for the company's new Ocean Wave tugboat to prove its abilities in an international emergency response scenario," said Busch. "This situation was an excellent example of what this class of vessel can do quickly in some of the most challenging sea conditions in the world." Unlimited Potential, Nearly Anywhere Already in their short time at sea, Crowley's newest tugs have set a new standard for U.S.-flagged ocean towing, salvage and offshore marine support anywhere in the world for a variety of customers. From salvage jobs in the Caribbean to offshore energy tows in the U.S. Gulf, and emergency response projects in Alaska, these ocean class tugboats offer the power and versatility to perform nearly any maritime task. Red and white against endless varieties of blue waters, Crowley's newest soldiers will continue to make an impact wherever they're needed. ? Learn more about... Crowley's ocean class tugs at Jensen Maritime Delivers Innovative Ocean Class Designs success of the job. TITAN, Crowley and Marine Pollution Control are founders and partners of the MRA. All the while, Crowley's government services team worked diligently with U.S. and Cuban authorities to complete all necessary Customs documentation in advance of the removal. In support of these efforts, the solutions team, eager to test the capabilities of its new ocean class tugboat Ocean Wave, also readied the vessel for its inaugural job, starting with a 48-hour transit from Orange, Texas, to the project site in Cuba. Traveling at 16.5 knots, the vessel made the speedy voyage across the U.S. Gulf of Mexico in deteriorating conditions to join the TITAN team in Cuba. Fortunately, no spills or damage to the environment occurred and, after assessment, the containership was deemed seaworthy. When the tides In 2010, Crowley announced a major expansion of its new-build program with orders for four new ocean class tugboats. The vessels, which have now set the industry standard for ocean towing, salvage and offshore marine support, were designed by subsidiary Jensen Maritime and built by Bollinger Shipyards, of Amelia, La. During the build phase, Jensen also provided construction management support, working closely with the shipyard to ensure the boats met design standards. As a Crowley company, Jensen developed the boats with top safety features and the comfort of the crew in mind. The designs offered waterfall-style winches, shark jaws and retractable pins – which can be controlled from the pilothouse, keeping the deck clear of personnel and reducing the risk of accidents – and ergonomic accommodations proven to minimize fatigue and reduce injuries. The tugs also meet all Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and ABS criteria, including ABS Fi-Fi 1 firefighting standards. For more information on our naval architecture and vessel design capabilities, visit And be sure to check out the video describing Jensen's full capabilities, online at Connections Winter 2013 11

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