Crowley Western Alaska Marine Delivery

The USW Local 4959 does a lot of chest thumping about “stand(ing) up and fight(ing) for better” for being such a crap union. It looks like Crowley Western Alaska and some branch of BP are the only contracts it has.

This is basically a “company union.”

Here is what they have on their website:

About Us

We are the United Steelworkers, North America’s largest industrial union. We’re 1.2 million members and retirees strong in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. We proudly represent men and women who work in nearly every industry there is. Our members are leaders in your communities, in your work places, in our governments and more. We have a presence in the United Kingdom, Ireland, England, Scotland, Mexico and many other places around the world.

We believe in better. We stand up and fight back for better. We work for working families around the world.


Jeremy Grenville

Local Union - 2nd Vice President Crowley Group

Pete McKay

BP Group Negotiations Committee

Dan Myrick

Crowley Group Negotiations Committee

Jon Radek

BP Group Negotiations Committee

Fritz Guenther

BP Group Negotiations Committee

Randy Knowles

Local Union Officer - Trustee

Jesse Legner

BP Unit Officer - Chief Steward

Jesse Legner

Local Union Officer - 2nd Vice Presdent BP Group

Tim Stumo

Local Union Officer - Trustee

Kris Dye

Local Union Officer - President

Pete McKay

Local Union Officer - 1st Vice President

Pete McKay

BP Unit Officer - 1st Vice Chairman

Dustin Every

BP Group Negotiations Committee

Rose Lee Wentz

Local Union Officer - Recording Secretary

Jeremy Grenville

Crowley Group Negotiations Committee - Chairman

Glenn Trimmer

Local Union Officer - Secretary Treasurer

James Spinka Jr.

BP Group Negotiations Committee

Alan Wallis

BP Unit Officer - 2nd Vice Chairman

Tyler Peterson

Crowley Group Negotiations Committee

Jesse Legner

BP Group Negotiations Committee

Marc Kovac

Local Union Officer - Guard

Kris Dye

BP Group Negotiations Committee - Chairman

Hank Ulery

Crowley Group Negotiations Committee

Fritz Guenther

BP Group Health and Safety Representative

Vacant Vacant

Local Union - 2nd Vice President Sitka Hotel Group

Mark McCarty

BP Group Health and Safety Representative

Kris Dye

BP Unit Officer - Unit Chairman

Local 4959
4548 Shellridge Road N.W.
Olympia, WA 98502

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If I may, I’d like to correct a couple of things here.

We run 6 tug and barge sets in Western Alaska and the Arctic that are crewed by USW crews. Toolik River, Aku, Avik, Sesok, Siku, and Nachik. We also run the Sea Prince, which is also a line-haul, not an ATB. The Sea Prince is crewed by the MMP (wheelhouse) and the IBU (deck and engine). All of these boats are seasonal, including the Sea Prince.

Yes, we are hiring for 2022 and I am more than happy to discuss wages, benefits, season, positions, or anything else you’re interested in. Send me a note and we’ll set up a time for a call.


Funny. Sounds like most politicians but they never say what they have done, only spout BS.

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I was under impression from news articles that the new ATB (Aurora/Qamun) was operating in Western Alaska and therefore part of the Western Alaska Crowley Fleet. Therefore, what part of Crowley manages the Aurora/Qamun ATB?

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IIRC, news reports called the new 100,000 bbl ATB “Alaska Class”. That implies that they may be building more of them for Alaska. It’s a nice looking vessel.

The Seattle or SF Bay offices have the expertise, staff, and desire to manage the West Coast ATB fleet. I don’t know, but that might be a bit beyond the skill set of the Western Alaska Fuels Division. They are small vessel, shallow water, beach landings, in tiny outports specialists.

The Sea Prince is a 1970s vintage tug. A great many PNW mariners have sailed on her. She was looking quite rundown, but they gave her a paint job last year. She looks pretty good from 200 yards, but she is near the end of her life cycle. It would not surprise me if Crowley Seattle was anxious to pawn off management of the old Sea Prince onto the Western Alaska office.

Probably, the union contract with MMP requires that Sea Prince must remain MMP, for as long as any division of Crowley operates it.

Once upon a time, Crowley Seattle was probably Crowley’s biggest operation. It was the biggest tug and barge operation in Alaska, but now it has shrunk to only ship assist and escort tugs in Puget Sound. If Seattle is running any line haul wire tugs, it’s damn few.

At one time Crowley did not sell older tugs as it upgraded its fleet. They had a lot of old boats permanently moored. But in recent decades, they have sold off nearly all of their older boats in the PNW. They have been fixed up and kept in service by smaller companies. I’ll be surprised if Sea Prince is not sold within the next couple of years.

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The western Alaska fleet isn’t all the boats operating in western Alaska, or at least it didn’t used to be. The wire boats pulling barges for Alaska logistics and oil barges delivering oil from the mainland were always Seattle boats manned by MMP and IBU. The western Alaska fleet were the (primarily) inland boats. That could have changed now that Crowley’s offshore wire boat presence in western Alaska is nearly non existent.

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The new ATBs DO work in Western Alaska, and they are crewed out of our Seattle Crewing office.

I can’t speak to all of the ins and outs of Crowley’s fleets and which division “owns” each boat, but for the purpose of this discussion, the six smaller, shallow draft sets and the Sea Prince are all crewed under the Western Alaska/Crowley Fuels “umbrella” and ALL of those boats are seasonal; we lay them up over the Winter.

The new ATBs that work in Western Alaska also work farther south and are crewed up year-round all with the rest of Crowley’s West Coast ATB fleet.

At this time, all crewing for Crowley tug boats/ATBs is done through the Seattle office, and all the crewing for the ships/liners is done in Jacksonville.

Here’s a link that shows all the equipment that is part of the Crowley Fuels Western Alaska division. Western Alaska Fuel Delivery ~ Crowley

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A common denominator of many employers is that none are perfect. Working in Alaska is not for the faint of heart. Show up, work hard, save your money, and move on if you choose to do so. At the very least, you will get to experience a part of the world that many people do not get to see and it will make every job that you take afterward feel easy.


If anyone is “on the fence” about working for Crowley’s Western Alaska fleet - we have just increased our end-of-season bonus by 2.5 times. We are still actively hiring for the 2022 season.

What’s going on with Crowley Western Alaska?

I heard a rumor that they left two boats out of service for lack of crew. Actually, that they just were not willing to pay what it takes to get crew in 2022. Any truth to this?

It’s hard to believe that they would forego selling millions of gallons of fuel to avoid paying 4 key guys a little more. That would be crazy?

I’d sooner believe that if they left any boats out of service it because of lack of business.

By the way, what are they paying this year?

Not enough to put up with the terrible working conditions there.

Get better boats, more crew and enforce work rest hours, pay about double what a similar job would elsewhere in the world (not less than) then we can talk.
Improve living conditions, eliminate “floater season” weed out the shit on the boats that you know can’t keep crew, that’s where I think I’d start.

Everybody knows that’s a crappy job that you only do if you have no other choice or you are desperate to move up in the industry quickly, that’s why they can’t retain anyone despite having some of the best benefits in the industry.

Those villages need some sort of gated terminal or offshore loading buoy so that you don’t have to skiff/swim/crawl through mud to get the hoses to the beach where the native 10 year old gang kids of Hooper Bay feel the need to piss on your feet and stab your cargo hose with their pointy sticks.

If that’s not enough to drive the new talent off, the terrible treatment by the regular crews who learned everything they know at PMI and think a 1mB error on the barometer reading in the log book constitutes a write-up just may do the trick.


What are the 2022 wages?

PM them to me if you need to, and I’ll post them.

Vitus (Crowley’s major competitor) advertised there wage scale in the spring and it was posted here. Vitus isn’t paying top money (they never have), but it’s a lot more than the last wages I heard out of Crowley.

Someone at Crowley PM-Ed this to me:

Our daily bonus has been increased to 2.5 × the listed rate to help recruitment and retention.

So for a ab/pic day rate (394.03 + 10% in lieu of overtime )+( daily bonus for completing the season 19.10 ×2.5) = 481.18

This strikes me as a little low for a good AB/tankerman. Plus, this is for working about 150 days almost straight with only a two week break in the middle.

There is a little more to Crowley’s Western Alaska compensation. We also offer:

Travel – All travel to work and back is paid for and arranged by us

Training – upgrade training reimbursement program available, annual required training is paid time

Benefits – After your 90 day probation period we offer health insurance, and we pay the full amount of the premium for you and your family. Also after 1000 hours (90 days), we offer a 401k program with matching funds up to 6% (2% year 1, 4% year 2, 6% year 3). In addition to the 401k Matching program, we contribute and additional 3% into your 401k, and this is whether you contribute or not.

Vacations – After your probation period you will be eligible for 10 days paid vacation. Vacation increases at 5 years to 15 days, and tops out at 10 years with 22 days

Holidays - Our crew is paid for holidays all year round, not only when working. Those days are included in the end of season bonus

Relative to what wage and benefits package? Please provide some substance to allow the community to compare.

I wanna say Vitus is actually offering an even time schedule of some sort as opposed to the thaw to freeze schedule. I think I saw that on indeed.


There are some paying lower believe it or not. I will say the benefits covered for yourself AND your family would make up a bit for the day rate. Decent medical/dental/vision insurance for yourself and family thru most companies can cost anywhere from 4k a year to 10k from what I’ve seen.

I’ve not been given permission to post our full wage scale, however the wage breakdown for AB that tugsailor posted is correct

I’m editing this to add - there’s an additional $14.44/day that Crowley puts directly in to your 401k, which brings the total day rate to: $495.62.

Where do you get your information? You say a few (2) yet that’s quite a bit low for the actual count.

Are you Trolling?