SIU Jobs Secure; Crowley to Operate 5 MSC Ships


November 2015


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The SIU retained all of the unlicensed jobs aboard five U.S. Military Sealift Command (MSC) vessels that recently were awarded to Seafarers-contracted Crowley Maritime Corp. Those vessels – which began crew turnover Oct. 1 – are the USNS 1st LT Harry L. Martin, USNS LCPL Roy M. Wheat, USNS SGT Matej Kocak, USNS PFC Eugene A. Obregon and USNS MAJ Stephen W. Pless.


The operating agreement for the five ships (each of which can carry containers as well as roll-on/roll-off cargo) is for one year and includes four additional, one-year options. Seafarers already had been working aboard those vessels, which previously had been operated by other SIU-contracted companies.


“We never take it for granted when operating agreements from the military go to SIU-contracted companies,” said SIU Vice President Contracts George Tricker. “SIU members have always done top-notch work aboard these vessels, and I’m confident they’ll uphold that tradition in the years ahead.”


According to Crowley, two of the ships will remain berthed in Jacksonville, Florida, and three will be home-ported in Norfolk, Virginia – all within the service area of Crowley’s local offices. The vessels will be used to transport cargo throughout the world in support of the U.S. military.


“Crowley is proud to have been selected to provide technical management for this government fleet,” said Crowley’s Paul Varghese, general manager, government services. “This contract is a perfect fit for us, and would not be possible without the hard work and determination of our remarkable government team and the tremendous support we received from MSC.”



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