Acquisition takes Crowley into international ship management

Accord MD Sanjay Shesh: Crowley acquisition will "propel Accord to a higher plane" Accord MD Sanjay Shesh: Crowley acquisition will "propel Accord to a higher plane"

APRIL 8, 2014 — Crowley Maritime Corporation reports that it has acquired majority ownership of Accord Ship Management (HK) Limited and Accord Marine Management Pvt. Ltd.

The Accord acquisition will be managed by Crowley's ship management group, which provides all phases of commercial ship management along with full technical management and government contracting. It will immediately increase the size and scope of Crowley's technical ship management group while supporting the company's expansion into the international ship management market with a foreign crewing presence. The acquisition also makes Crowley a rare U.S. company - one that provides third-party international crewing and technical ship management.

With offices in Hong Kong, India (Mumbai and Goa), and the Netherlands, Accord currently manages 23 vessels. The company employs 55 people who work collaboratively to realize the company's vision of being a globally competitive shipping company, offering cost effective management solutions with a commitment to customer satisfaction.

"When investigating international ship management companies that would allow Crowley to expand our business and create a greater presence outside of the U.S., we were careful to only pursue companies that share Crowley's corporate values and culture, especially as they relate to safety," said Mike Golonka, vice president, ship management. "After several visits to observe their culture and operations, we are convinced that Accord is the right fit to complement Crowley's existing operations. Accord has built a team that allows access to trained, qualified mariners without the additional expense of third-party crewing companies, something potential customers are demanding."

Accord's Managing Director, Sanjay Shesh, said, "Crowley stepping into the management of Accord is a great step forward for Accord. The spotless image and pure charisma of Crowley will propel Accord to a higher plane where economical solutions will be available to our existing and new clients with greater brand value and higher standards of committed service."

Accord provides Crowley with both an immediate international book of business and an established and respected entry into the international ship management market.

The company also offers Crowley the opportunity to provide additional and more regionalized support to its worldwide operations, including its solutions, liner, logistics, petroleum services, and Titan Salvage groups. This acquisition will result in a combined fleet of over 60 vessels managed for third-party owners.