Connections Magazine

Winter 2017

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In a small office, sometimes of the makeshift variety, and flanked in all directions by the sounds of steel cutting and the firework-like glow of welding, sits Crowley's team of vessel construction managers. Spread across the country, these transplants into the shipyard oversee the miniscule details of a vessel new build, retrofit or conversion. Despite the challenges and the sometimes uncomfortable industrial environment, it's where people like Crowley's Nick Loeffler and Patrick Sperry feel most at home. Their jobs require long, non- routine hours and phone calls in the middle of the night. It's a matter of fact to relocate their families from city to city as one successful build ends and another begins in a shipyard hundreds of miles away. But, it's a necessary job – one that Vice President of Construction Management Ray Martus and his team, including Loeffler and Sperry, take very seriously. We at Crowley, with the additional resources of our subsidiary Jensen Maritime ... have the capability of providing assistance through every aspect of a vessel build." Story continued on page 21 Core Value: INTEGRITY Eyes on Quality Construction Managers Succeed as Ship Owner's Advocates Before, During and After the Build Story by Jenifer Kimble 20 Right: Crowley's Nick Loeffler overseeing the build of the company's Ocean class tugboats

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