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Columbia Group and Crowley sign strategic cooperation agreementColumbia Group and Crowley have signed a strategic collaboration agreement that expands both companies’ offerings of ship management solutions to their customers, leveraging their extensive, industry-leading expertise in the shipping, logistics and energy sectors.

The alliance will enable clients to leverage the capabilities of both companies to provide more efficient and comprehensive international management services.

“Partnerships are needed to drive modern innovation and growth, and we are excited to deliver even greater value to our customers in management, service and delivery by leveraging Crowley and Columbia Group’s long-standing, comprehensive ship management capabilities and expertise,” said James C. Fowler, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Crowley Shipping.

“With our two safety-focused organizations, the global presence of Columbia Group’s international marine services and Crowley’s strong heritage focused on supply chains for the U.S., Latin America and Caribbean markets will enable customers to get the customized, scalable solutions they need.”

To create a strong force in the maritime space, the full spectrum of Columbia Group and Crowley maritime services will be offered to existing and new clients. Initial focus areas include ship management services, vessel performance optimization and strategic procurement support for ship owners.

“This partnership provides a tremendous opportunity for both Columbia Group and Crowley to enhance our services and meet the evolving needs of our clients,” said Mark O’Neil, CEO and President of Columbia Group. “Through the synergy of our strengths and similar values, Columbia Group and Crowley are positioned to create unprecedented value and drive transformative change in the American marketplace.”