Our Company History
Gold Crew® has been serving business for over 50 years now,
and we have apply this experience to our customer needs. Back in 1965 Dr William McNeely developed the original Gold Crew
formula at the request of the US Navy to address the multitude of spills during ship refueling at their San Diego docks. The
requirements for the chemistry was that it be non toxic to personnel, does not sink the oils to the shallow sea floor, and
enhances the biodegradability of the oils treated.
The result was Gold Crew® OSD water based dispersant. This
dispersant was used inside San Diego Harbor for several years and dispersed a multitude of fuel spills in the late 1960's.
The largest of these was an 80,000 gallon heavy fuel oil spill from a PG&E pipeline rupture.
was also used at the Santa Barbara Channel Islands spill in 1969. For months Gold Crew® was used to address the
crude oil that spilled from the fracture in the sea-floor. From these successes, the Gold Crew® was utilized throughout
the world to address spills at sea.
McNeely was a true environmentalist. His work produced many ground breaking developments. He owned many patents for his work
that include alginates from seaweed and solubilizers/stabilizers from the xanthomonas bacteria. The product, xanthan
gum can be found in everything from ice cream to fire fighting foams. His work in the field of food grade gums, stabilizers, and emulsifiers, established
him as one of the leading research scientists in the industry. His insight to the environment is what has made Gold Crew the
standard in chemical countermeasures involving hydrocarbon mitigation.