Ocean Giant Hoists Stars and Stripes with SIU Members Aboard


August 2012


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The SIU in late June welcomed new shipboard jobs as the heavy-lift ship Ocean Giant reflagged under the Stars and Stripes in Jacksonville, Fla. Operated by Crowley Maritime for Intermarine, the 545-foot-long vessel was built last year and is equipped with three cranes with a combined lifting capacity of 800 tons.


"The SIU is proud to represent the unlicensed crew members sailing aboard the Ocean Giant, and we definitely are excited about this outright addition to the union-contracted fleet,” stated SIU Vice President Contracts George Tricker. “In addition to gaining new jobs, another positive aspect of this development is that ships like the Ocean Giant help maintain a pool of reliable, well-trained U.S. mariners who support our troops wherever and whenever needed.”


Following its reflagging, the Ocean Giant sailed to Norfolk, Va., and then began a voyage under U.S. Military Sealift Command charter to Thule, Greenland. After that, the 19,100-dwt ship is scheduled to join Intermarine’s American flag commercial and project fleet, which has worldwide service, noted a company spokesman.


The SIU crew for the Ocean Giant’s first voyage included Bosun Joseph Casalino, AB Aristotle Bone, AB David Crisp, AB Alexander Ward, QEE Randy Slue, QE4 Lamont Robinson, Oiler Jeffrey Nicholson, Steward/Baker Gregory Broyles and ACU Steven Holmes.


Other SIU-crewed Intermarine heavy-lift ships include the Ocean Atlas, Ocean Titan, Ocean Charger and Ocean Crescent. The vessels are enrolled in the Voluntary Intermodal Sealift Agreement and Maritime Security Program, each of which has been described by top U.S. military leaders as vital to America’s security.





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