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(Jacksonville, Fla.; Oct. 28, 2004) – Crowley Liner Services has been named a Sears Roebuck of Puerto Rico Partner in Progress for 2003. Crowley provides ocean cargo transportation services between the U.S. mainland, Puerto Rico, Central America and the Caribbean for Sears.

This prestigious award is presented annually to a select group of suppliers and vendors that provide Sears, Roebuck and Co. of Puerto Rico with quality products and services, from apparel, appliances and tools to marketing, transportation services and technology.

Crowley was honored on Sept. 28 at an event at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in San Juan. Roberto Lugo, Crowley vice president, along with Carlos Rivera, manager of area sales, and Raymond Rivera, manager of freight services, accepted the award on Crowley’s behalf.

During ceremonies in Chicago earlier this year, Crowley was also presented with the Category Quality Supplier of the Year award and was recognized with top honors as the Sears Non-merchandise Services Group Quality Supplier of the Year.

Begun more than 20 years ago, the Partners in Progress program recognizes sources that make significant contributions to the growth of Sears businesses and the creation of new ways to better serve Sears customers. The winners were selected from nominations submitted by Sears’ employees who purchase goods and services for the company. Crowley was also recognized with this award in 2002.

“We are honored to have been recognized by Sears for our customer service in the Puerto Rico market,” Lugo said. “We have had a longstanding relationship with Sears and look forward to continuing it for many more years to come.”

Sears, Roebuck and Co., headquartered in Hoffman Estates, Ill., is a leading broadline retailer providing merchandise and related services. With revenues in 2003 of $41.1 billion, the company offers its wide range of home merchandise, apparel and automotive products and services through more than 2,300 Sears-branded and affiliated stores in the U.S. and Canada, which includes approximately 870 full-line and 1,100 specialty stores in the U.S. Sears also offers a variety of merchandise and services through sears.com, landsend.com, and specialty catalogs. Sears is the only retailer where consumers can find each of the Kenmore, Craftsman, DieHard and Lands’ End brands together – among the most trusted and preferred brands in the U.S. The company is the largest provider of product repair services with more than 14 million services calls made annually.

Crowley Liner Services, headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., is a subsidiary of Oakland-based Crowley Maritime Corporation and is part of its liner segment. The corporation, founded in 1892, is primarily family- and employee-owned, and is engaged in worldwide logistics, liner services, contract towing and transportation, energy support services, ship assist and escort services, vessel management and petroleum and chemical marine transport. Additional information about Crowley, its subsidiaries and business units may be found on the Internet at www.crowley.com.

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