New Tankers Provide Additional SIU Jobs


October 2012


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SIU–contracted Crowley has purchased two brand new Jones Act tankers, a move that will result in outright job gains for Seafarers.


While the first tanker, the Pennsylvania, has already been delivered, the second tanker, the Florida, is scheduled for delivery during the first quarter of 2013.


The first SIU members sailing aboard the Pennsylvania are Bosun Homar McField, AB Saleh Mothana, AB Arthur Doherty, AB Mapalana Gamage, AB Rodney Roberson, AB Brandon Albro, QMED Nestor Martinez, Oiler Benjaman Stanley, Chief Steward Exxl Ronquillo, Chief Cook Jesus Pacheco and SA Dennis Uchic.


Built by union workers at Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, the tankers will mark Crowley’s first foray into the Jones Act tanker fleet since its last tanker was retired in 2011.


“This is a great win for the SIU, for Crowley and really for U.S. national and economic security,” said SIU Vice President Contracts George Tricker. “These are state-of-the-art vessels, and Crowley has shown great confidence in the mariners who are working and will work aboard them.”


“Crowley is thrilled to partner with Aker Philadelphia Shipyard and to take delivery of these new Jones Act tankers,” said Crowley President and CEO Tom Crowley. “We are bringing the best available technologies to our customers, who understand and appreciate safety and operational excellence. This is yet another example of our ongoing investments in new equipment and technology to meet the current and future needs of our customers.”


The tankers will be able to carry nearly 330,000 barrels of petroleum products and chemicals. They will operate in the U.S. coastwise trade.


“Putting these vessels into service continues our commitment to offering a wide variety of solutions for the safe and reliable transportation of petroleum products and chemicals for our customers,” said Rob Grune, Crowley’s senior vice president and general manager, petroleum services. “As one of the largest independent operators in the U.S., we have a proven reputation for providing economical, reliable service while adhering to the most stringent safety and environmental protection standards. This tradition is certain to continue with the delivery of these two new tankers.”


The tankers are the thirteenth and fourteenth in the Veteran Class built at Aker. With a length of 183.2 m, a breadth of 32.2 m and a depth of 18.8 m, the tankers come in at 45,800 deadweight tons with a draft of 12.2 m. They are double-hulled with segregated ballast systems and safety features including water, CO2, foam and water spray firefighting systems.


“I am confident this transaction will bring significant value to both parties for years to come,” said Aker Philadelphia Shipyard President and CEO Kristian Rokke. “This is a major milestone for the shipyard and we are greatly appreciative of the support we have received from many, including the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, City of Philadelphia and AKER ASA.”


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