Crowley Splits Up Marine Services Division

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Jacksonville-based Crowley Maritime Corp. has announced changes to its commercial marine services division and introduced new leadership.

Under the changes, Crowley Marine Services, part of the Crowley’s shipping group, will be split up into “three distinct, yet interrelated business segments” comprising offshore services, ship assist and tanker escort, and engineering services, including those provided by Crowley and subsidiary Jensen Maritime Consultants, Crowley said in a statement announcing the changes.

The company has named Jeff Andreini, Porter Sesnon and Coulston “Cole” van Gundy have been appointed to top leadership positions in each of the units, respectively.

Jeff Andreini rejoins Crowley after serving four years as chief financial officer for Ardent Holdings, the marine salvage business that was previously 50% owned by Crowley. In leading the offshore division, Andreini will now be responsible over the companies ocean-class tugboat and flat-deck barge fleets. The offshore division will provide specialized cargo transportation to the offshore energy sector and the emerging U.S. offshore wind market. Andreini will be based in Houston and report to Johan Sperling, vice president of marine services.

Porter Sesnon will be taking the lead role for the group’s new ship assist and tanker escort services division. Crowley currently operates one of the most advanced fleets of ship assist and tanker escort tugs in North America, with a presence in all major West Coast ports from north Puget Sound, Washington, to San Diego, California. Sesnon and his division will be based in Seattle and report to Sperling.

Within Crowley’s engineering division, van Gundy is taking the leadership role in business development to grow the company’s third-party project and construction management services, as well as engineering and design-related offerings provided by both Crowley and Seattle-based Jensen Maritime, Crowley said.

Van Gundy will be based in Seattle and report to Jay Edgar, vice president of Jensen.

Crowley Maritime Corp. has announced changes to its commercial marine services division and introduced new leadership.

Under the changes, Crowley Marine Services, part of the Crowley’s shipping group, will be broken up into “three distinct, yet interrelated business segments” comprising offshore services, ship assist and tanker escort, and engineering services, including those provided by Crowley and subsidiary Jensen Maritime Consultants, Crowley said in a statement announcing the changes.

The company has named Jeff Andreini, Porter Sesnon and Coulston “Cole” van Gundy have been appointed to top leadership positions in each of the units, respectively.

Jeff Andreini rejoins Crowley after serving four years as chief financial officer for Ardent Holdings, the marine salvage business that was previously 50% owned by Crowley. In leading the offshore division, Andreini will now be responsible over the companies ocean-class tugboat and flat-deck barge fleets. The offshore division will provide specialized cargo transportation to the offshore energy sector and the emerging U.S. offshore wind market. Andreini will be based in Houston and report to Johan Sperling, vice president of marine services.

Porter Sesnon will be taking the lead role for the group’s new ship assist and tanker escort services division. Crowley currently operates one of the most advanced fleets of ship assist and tanker escort tugs in North America, with a presence in all major West Coast ports from north Puget Sound, Washington, to San Diego, California. Sesnon and his division will be based in Seattle and report to Sperling.

Within Crowley’s engineering division, van Gundy is taking the leadership role in business development to grow the company’s third-party project and construction management services, as well as engineering and design-related offerings provided by both Crowley and Seattle-based Jensen Maritime, Crowley said. Van Gundy will be based in Seattle and report to Jay Edgar, vice president of Jensen.

“We are pleased to have these three, talented individuals leading our commercial marine services,” said Sperling. “They bring a lot of experience and customer focus to each business line.”

“With their leadership and our business structure, we’re not only going to provide routine, daily marine services, but we’ll be able to collaborate to provide custom solutions to maritime-related challenges – whether that’s designing, building and operating vessels, installing an offshore wind farm, or towing and positioning a TLP for installation,” Sperling added.