SIU Ship Performs Heavy-Lift Assignment

 

December 2013

 

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The SIU-crewed Maersk Texas recently lifted and moved two 100- plus ton range support craft for the U.S. Navy.

 

According to vessel operator Maersk-Rickmers, shipboard cranes were used to perform the operation. The smaller vessels were loaded on the U.S. West Coast and travelled across the Pacific to their destinations.

 

The mission is one more example of how the U.S. Merchant Marine serves as America’s fourth arm of defense, assisting the military in times of peace and war.

 

The company further reported that the Maersk Texas will soon transport U.S.-manufactured power plant equipment destined for Turkey. The equipment was financed by the U.S. Export-Import Bank and will be a critical component for a Turkish power generation project led by the industrial company Habaş. When it comes online, the Habaş 800 megawatt combined cycle power plant will be capable of providing power to approximately one million homes.

 

“We’re pleased to move military craft and support Ex-Im financed projects all over the world,” said Gordan Van Hook, senior director at SIUcontracted Maersk Line, Limited.

 

He added, “We’re also excited about our upcoming journey to Antarctica.”

 

This winter, another SIU-crewed vessel, the Maersk Illinois, will deliver vital cargo to the men and women based at the McMurdo Station research center in Antarctica. The ship will carry crucial supplies to the teams stationed there in support of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) U.S. Antarctic Program. The voyage is a part of an overall mission known as Operation Deep Freeze, which SIU members have backed for decades.

 

Additionally, the SIU-crewed, Maersk-operated tanker Maersk Peary will make its third trip to Antarctica this winter, so it can resupply fuel at McMurdo Station.

 

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