SIU Contracts Stay in Place As Maersk Acquires 3PSC


September 2012


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SIU-contracted Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) in early August completed its acquisition of another Seafarers-contracted company: 3PSC. For SIU members aboard the affected vessels, it is business as usual. The union’s contracts remain in place and, as noted in a separate communication to the ships, the transition is expected to take place over a five-month period.


The closing took place Aug. 2 in Norfolk, Va., where MLL is headquartered. 3PSC is based in Cape Canaveral, Fla.


Under the terms of the agreement, MLL will take over 3PSC’s current contract for the operation and maintenance of SIU-crewed special mission ships owned by the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command. Those vessels are the USNS Pathfinder, USNS Sumner, USNS Bowditch, USNS Henson, USNS Bruce Heezen and USNS Mary Sears. MLL plans to integrate 3PSC operations into its Norfolk headquarters by the end of the calendar year.


A Maersk spokesman said the acquisition “demonstrates MLL’s longstanding commitment to ship operation and management services for the national defense of the United States, and solidifies MLL’s position as a leading government contractor.”


“Through the acquisition of 3PSC, MLL will continue its tradition of providing outstanding ship operation and maintenance services to the Military Sealift Command,” said John F. Reinhart, president and CEO of MLL. “During our visits to the Cape Canaveral office, we have been impressed by the technical expertise and professionalism of the 3PSC team. We are pleased to have them join Maersk Line, Limited.


“We see a lot of promise in the vessel operation and maintenance segment,” added Reinhart. “The integration of 3PSC will strengthen our team and capabilities. We look forward to competing for new opportunities, for the Military Sealift Command and other programs that support the National Defense requirements.”



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