Crowley Acquires MMS To Expand Global Reach

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Jack St. Malo platform under tow by Crowley tug. Photo: Crowley Maritime Corp.

Crowley Maritime Corporation on Tuesday announced the acquisition of Maritime Management Services, Inc. (MMS), a Seattle-based crew management company specializing in offshore oil and gas vessels in the U.S. Gulf, Singapore and Gulf of Mexico.

Crowley says the acquisition expands its global reach in the ship management industry and allows the company to service a wide variety of international and domestic customers with a pool of trained and experienced crewmembers ready for hire. The acquisition also builds on Crowley Accord Management Pvt. Ltd., Crowley’s international ship management division, providing all phases of commercial ship management along with full technical management and government contracting.

MMS offers crewmembers services such as visas, flag-state and immigration documentation; crewmember certifications, including Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STWC) and any client or operational area requirements; logistics, administrative and travel support; and much more. In addition to MMS’ Seattle headquarters, the organization also has a secondary location in Singapore.

“What sets MMS apart from others in the industry is their level of customer service and crewmember loyalty,” said Crowley’s Mike Golonka, vice president, ship management. “Together Crowley Accord and MMS can offer total crewing solutions, from single hires and full crew management through complete technical management to the oil and gas industry. Our offshore clients will greatly benefit from this relationship.”

MMS was founded in 2005 and the acquisition comes amid the unexpected death of former owner Trevor Stabbert in 2013.

In April 2014, Crowley formed Crowley Accord Management Pvt. Ltd., an international ship management venture managed globally by the company’s ship management group. Doing so immediately increased the size and scope of Crowley’s technical ship management offerings and supported the company’s expansion into the international ship management market with a foreign crewing. The Accord acquisition also made Crowley a rare U.S. company – one that provides third-party international crewing and technical ship management.