Crowley's Puerto Rico Services Join Energy Efficiency Partnership

by Ship & Bunker News Team
Monday December 5, 2016

Crowley Maritime Corporation (Crowley) has announced that its Puerto Rico liner services group has become the latest member of the SmartWay Transport Partnership, a collaborative effort between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and industry players that provides a framework to assess the environmental and energy efficiency of moving goods.

"Just as Crowley strives to give customers high-performing, dependable service, our mariners and shore-side crews work every day to protect the environment of the waters and communities where we operate," said Cole Cosgrove, Crowley vice president, marine operations.

"The partnership provides resources that will continue Crowley's commitment to being stewards of the environment in Puerto Rico, which we have served for more than 60 years."

Through the SmartWay partnership, Crowley will be able to benchmark the environmental performance of its barges and tugs servicing Puerto Rico, tracking emissions on a tonne-mile basis.

Further, as a SmartWay partner, Crowley says it will support the partnership's goal of saving 170.3 million barrels of oil, $24.9 billion in fuel costs, 72.8 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2), 1.5 million tonnes of nitrogen oxides, and 59,000 tonnes of particulate matter (PM).

"By participating in this partnership, we continue to enhance our ability to track emissions using well-established platforms and to consistently report on performance efficiency to our customers. Performance monitoring, improvement and customer service are key facets of Crowley's environmental strategy," said Dan Smith, Crowley's environmental director.

Last month, Ship & Bunker reported that Crowley had also joined the Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG), a business-to-business initiative aimed at reducing environmental impacts of global shipping.