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Winter 2017

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23 Jensen and Crowley benefit from the same experience base as an owner/ operator because that's what they are, and what they have been for decades. With over 200 vessels, either of its own or managed on behalf of customers, Crowley knows what makes a high- performance vessel tick. And the Jensen engineers know a thing or two about making that vessel buildable with the added design touches that an operator will find pleasing to the eye and desirable to the operator. "One of the benefits we bring to the table as the construction manager of record is our access to the in-house resources of an experienced vessel owner and operator and, their entire staff of marine engineers," said Loeffler. "Although our construction team has a lot of experience across many different types of vessels, the ability to consult with our operations and engineering departments on any given nuance makes us different. It's invaluable." All in a Day's Work Most of the construction management teams are made up of individual inspectors that specialize in a discipline - structure, piping, electrical systems, machinery and coatings are the basis for roles on most teams. Each of the inspectors can walk over a mile a day around the yard, checking on the progress of the project and monitoring the everyday work that is occurring on-site. Then, as the ship progresses, the inspectors work with the shipyard's quality control department to inspect all facets of the vessel. Piping systems will be tested, the structural hull welding and fitting will be looked over thoroughly and the equipment that makes the vessel safe and useful will also be 100 percent tested and commissioned. The inspectors also work hand-in-hand with both industry class and U.S. Coast Guard inspectors to make sure the vessel meets their stringent requirements. Sperry, reflecting back on his 28 years of service in the industry, nearly 10 of which have been with Crowley, remembers a host of vessel completions. But through them all, his focus remains unwavering. "At the end of the project and after all the equipment, systems, drive train, power generating equipment, etc. has been completed and the documents handed to the owner, the construction management team can consider the job complete," he said. "My passion is seeing these ships come together in a quality manner and ultimately be delivered and make their way to their respective trade lanes or into the Crowley fleet." As a team, the group has worked on many different types of vessels - fireboats, tugs, tankers, articulated tug barges (ATBs), research vessels, etc., but, at the pinnacle of every build has been safety. "Safety is at the core of everything we do," said Martus. "We think like the owner and operator that we are. Many of us have sailed and know how demanding and unforgiving that environment can be. We make sure that the safety of the crew that will be operating this vessel once it touches water is never forgotten, we don't overlook details." Below: Crowley's Jonathan Smith and Larry Smedley served as owner's representative and construction managers at Vigor shipyard for the Antril-S, a 70,000-barrel, double-hull fuel barge for Gordon Smith. Learn more about... Crowley's Construction services at crowley.com/construction-management ? Connections Winter 2017

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