Maersk Texas Newest Addition to SIU Fleet


April 2012


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Editor’s note: Click HERE to see recent photos of the ship and crew


The union last month welcomed new shipboard jobs with the reflagging of the Maersk-Rickmers heavy-lift vessel Maersk Texas.


Like its sister ship Maersk Illinois, which reflagged U.S. at the end of last year, the Maersk Texas is 485 feet long and can carry 20,000 cubic meters of cargo. Built in 2011, the 19,600

DWT ship features two cargo cranes with a combined maximum lift of 480 metric tons. It has a service speed of 16 knots.


The Maersk Texas was scheduled to sail from Mobile, Ala., late last month with a load of cargo destined for India.


The first SIU crew aboard the Maersk Texas included Bosun Kennard Campbell, ABs Michael Congress, Robert Boudreaux and Billy Hill, OSs Melvin Hill and Dennis Marshall, Electrician Gary Dahl, QMEDs Courtney Price and Tyesha Boyd, GUDE Roderick Thomas, GVA Willie Clemmons, Steward/Baker Michael McDermott and ACU Paula Hopson.


Maersk-Rickmers is a joint venture between Maersk Line, Limited and Rickmers-Linie (America) to provide American-flag service for breakbulk cargo around the world.



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