Grune joined Crowley’s Seattle office in January 1995 as director of strategic accounts, and in November 2001 was named vice president and general manager, ship assist and escort.
In August 2005, he moved to Jacksonville, Florida, as a senior vice president and general manager for Puerto Rico/Caribbean services. In January 2010, he was promoted to senior vice president and general manager of petroleum services.
Rob launched his maritime career sailing for Texaco, Inc. as an officer on its U.S.-flagged tanker fleet from 1980 to 1986. He then served as economics and planning analyst with Texaco in Harrison, NY. In 1989, he took the post of a chartering manager at OMI Corp., an independent New York-based oil tanker firm.
In 1991, Rob went on to work for Tosco Refining Corporation in Concord, CA, in the oil-trading division. Prior to joining Crowley, Grune worked three years as a manager of tanker chartering at Continental-Tosco Limited Partnership in Stamford, CT.
Grune graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY in 1980, and received a Masters in Business Administration from Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, NC, in 1986.
“Crowley Maritime Corporation is proud to support the important work of ICS as the spokesperson for the global maritime industry through its membership on the ICS Board of Directors and involvement with other ICS bodies including the Marine Committee through participation by the Secretariat of the Chamber of Shipping of America.”
Robert B. “Rob” Grune
Bulk petroleum and chemical transportation; articulated tug barge (ATB) fleet ranging from 155,000 to 180,000 bbls; U.S. Coastwise, Jones Act product tankers, ranging from 240 kbbls to 300 kbbls, capable of carrying refined products and easy chemicals.
Offshore Services business unit consisting of 10 heavy lift barges and 4 high spec offshore towing vessel. Ship Assist and Escort operations located in all ports on the USWC. Global Ship Management Services. Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture services. Crowley Alaska Tankers which operates 2 US Flag Jones Act Tankers servicing Valdez, AK.