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Summer 2015

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4 Within a week of the DLA contract, Crowley had personnel on site in Liberia, lead by Hilburn, with additional support provided by Wally Gonzalez, manager, logistics, and Chris Goss, manager, Africa logistics. They immediately provided DLA with the innovative and cost-effective solution to charter the container ship Vega, a fast and safe transportation option that provided the cargo carrying capacity for more than 100 C17 Globemaster military transport aircraft in a single run from Germany (DLA), under the direction of then-Director Navy Vice Adm. Mark Harnitchek. "We had to have a way to both source the material and get the cargo there," said Harnitchek. "What made it challenging was that it was Africa and there are not a lot of resources there. But Crowley offered DLA a West Africa network solution that we were just delighted to use. It was an entire logistics solution, from end to end, and the response was immediate." Crowley's logistics solutions in the region were made possible due to the company's recent joint venture with IbisTek, LLC, which was kick-started last year to provide a comprehensive package of project logistics, energy support services and emergency response capabilities to a variety of customers in Ghana, West Africa. Tapping this regional resource and partnering with the in-country representative and local logistics integrator Richard Tolbert, of BAM International, allowed Crowley to move fast. to Crowley's staging area in Dakar, Senegal, and ultimately to their final destination in Buchanan, Liberia. "With the Vega, we were able to expedite shipments by some 12 weeks," explained Hilburn. "We moved supplies quicker and for millions of dollars less than air. This capability is very unique to Crowley due to our in-house ship management expertise and worldwide relationships with vessel owners." Left to right: Crowley's Richard Tolbert; COL Lisa Keough, commander, DLA Europe & Africa; Crowley's Bleu Hilburn; and Daniel Tolbert, CEO, Camer Shipping (Photo courtesy Richard Tolbert) WATCH BLEU HILBURN EXPLAIN THE IMPACT OF CROWLEY'S EBOLA SUPPORT. CROWLEY.COM/EBOLA

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