Seafarers Sail on Newly Contracted MV Carat

 

March 2012

 

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Seafarers are sailing aboard a newly contracted ship – the MV Carat – that is an outright addition to the union’s fleet.

 

Operated by Crowley and chartered to Hapag-Lloyd, the Carat is a 460-foot-long, 889- TEU container vessel. It was built in late 2009, has a service speed of slightly greater than 18 knots, and is  transporting cargo between Germany and other nations in the Baltic region.

 

The ship reflagged under the Stars and Stripes in late January.

 

“Any time new tonnage is brought under the American flag, it’s a positive reflection on the men and women of the U.S.  Merchant Marine,” stated SIU Vice President Contracts George Tricker. “In this case, it obviously speaks well of the SIU membership, and it means new jobs.”

 

The Carat is outfitted with state-of-the-art navigation and communication equipment. Constructed in China under German design and supervision, the vessel has a beam of approximately 76 feet.


Tricker added that although the new ship is sailing in commercial trades, additions like the Carat also boost U.S. national security by helping maintain a pool of well-trained American mariners. Many if not most or all of those same individuals sailing on commercial ships also are available to serve on U.S. mili tary support vessels like the ones utilized in the Persian Gulf War, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

 

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