Maersk Line, Limited and Rickmers-Linie (America) Inc. on Monday announced a partnership that will bring two newly-built multi-purpose cargo ships under the U.S.-flag, providing new jobs for members of American Maritime Officers and new tonnage to the U.S.-flag project cargo fleet.
The new 19,000 deadweight ton ships, Maersk Illinois and Maersk Texas, each have combined maximum lift of 480 metric tons. The service will operate as Maersk-Rickmers U.S. Flag Project Carrier, Maersk-Rickmers for short. AMO will represent all licensed officers working aboard both ships.
“This investment demonstrates the confidence of the companies in U.S.-flag markets and in the professionalism and capabilities of AMO officers,” said AMO National President Tom Bethel. “The re-flagging of these new ships is exciting news for the AMO membership and for the U.S.-flag maritime industry. I congratulate the companies on their achievement and we look forward to working with them on the new project cargo ships.”
The ships are currently under the Marshall Islands flag and are preparing for their maiden voyages. In November, the vessels are scheduled to complete the process to bring both under the U.S. flag.
“The introduction of these vessels further signals Maersk Line, Limited’s long-term commitment to the U.S. flag,” said MLL President and CEO John Reinhart. “The partnership with Rickmers forms a strong team that will deliver outstanding service to shippers worldwide.”
Via AMO http://www.amo-union.net/article.php?a=1259