Newer Tonnage Coming To SIU-Crewed Maersk Fleet

 

January 2015

 

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SIU-contracted Maersk Line, Limited has announced plans to replace four of its vessels with newer ships in 2015. Maersk’s parent company also recently announced changes to some of its services involving both American- flag and foreign-flag ships.


The net effect for Seafarers is positive: No anticipated loss of jobs, and newer ships entering the SIU-crewed fleet. The company currently has tentative dates for three of the four reflags, as follows:

 

- The Sealand Lightning will flag out Feb. 10 in Hong Kong

 

- The Sealand Intrepid will flag out Feb. 15 in Busan

 

- The Sealand Comet will flag out Feb. 24 in Tanjung Pelepas, Malaysia

 

The corresponding flag-ins (vessels coming under the American flag) are:

 

- Safmarine Ngami, mid-February in Jebel Ali (will sail in East Africa feeder trade)

 

- Maersk Kensington, early March on the U.S. East Coast (will sail in Middle East container
line trade)

 

- Maersk Kinloss, mid-March in Jebel Ali (will sail in Middle East container line trade)


Seafarers may be aware of media reports concerning changes to the company’s Transpacific services. Maersk Line will close down the TP5 U.S.- flag service on Jan. 15, which the company described as a first step in a new strategy to eliminate unprofitable Transpacific services. It will also terminate its eastbound Taiwan Express slot-swap agreement with Evergreen Line on Dec. 31. Maersk also has entered into a vessel sharing agreement with APL in the Transpacific.


Again, the net result for the SIU is expected to be the same number of jobs, because the ships entering Maersk’s American-flag operation will sail on runs that are different than those they are replacing.

 

SIU Vice President Contracts George Tricker noted, “We are working closely with Maersk to
ensure smooth transitions and are happy to report the company has advised us of plans to swap out additional ships later in 2015, again resulting in no job losses and newer tonnage.”


As they become available, additional details will be posted, published in the Seafarers LOG,
and reported at the monthly membership meetings.

 


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