Intermarine adds Heavy Lift Ship Ocean Crescent

September 2010

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Seafarers are sailing aboard the latest addition to the Intermarine LLC fleet: the 393-foot heavy lift vessel Ocean Crescent.


Operated by Pacific-Gulf Marine for Intermarine, the Ocean Crescent – built in 2002 – is the sister ship to the Seafarers-crewed Ocean Atlas, Ocean Titan and Ocean Charger. The latter three vessels were built in 2000.


All four ships are enrolled in the U.S. Maritime Security Program (MSP) and its related Voluntary Intermodal Sealift Agreement (VISA).


“The Ocean Crescent is an outright addition to the SIU-contracted fleet, so this is a very exciting development,” said SIU Executive Vice President Augie Tellez. “Any time new tonnage is brought in under the American flag and under SIU contract, it’s also a great reflection on the work performed by Seafarers.”


The Ocean Crescent, which can sail at 16.5 knots, is expected to sail internationally, moving commercial as well as military and other government-impelled cargoes. The ship is equipped with two electro-hydraulic cranes and can hold more than 500 containers.


Todd Johnson, president and CEO of Pacific-Gulf Marine, said that flagging in the Ocean Crescent “reflects the continued solid commitment of Intermarine. As with the previously reflagged ships, PGM once again is happy to be a part of the Ocean Crescent operation. Hopefully it will lead to additional growth in the U.S.-flag fleet.”


The Ocean Atlas first sailed under the Stars and Stripes in early 2002, while the Ocean Titan reflagged in mid-2005. The Ocean Charger entered the U.S.-flag fleet in mid-2009.


Both the MSP and VISA programs are key components of America’s sealift capability. U.S. military leaders consistently describe the MSP as a vital, efficient, cost-effective program. In addition to offering access to militarily useful U.S.-flag tonnage and other American-owned maritime resources, the program also helps maintain a pool of reliable, well-trained, loyal U.S. citizen seafarers.


Additionally, the MSP costs only a small fraction of what the government would have to spend in order to replicate its capabilities. At various times, military officers and legislators have estimated that it would require more than $800 million each year from the Defense Department to provide similar sealift and related system capacity on its own.

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