New jobs for Seafarers have been secured following a recent vote for SIU representation by mariners employed by Chesapeake Crewing, LLC.
SIU Vice President Contracts George Tricker reported at the March membership meeting in Piney Point, Maryland, that the company recognized the union as the bargaining agent for its unlicensed personnel Feb. 10. The company operates the heavylift ship M/V Corsica and the Military Sealift Command-chartered, shallow-draft tanker SLNC Goodwill. Both ships recently reflagged under the Stars and Stripes.
“The SIU not only welcomes these new jobs for the membership for years to come, but also looks forward to the potential growth of this company,” Tricker stated.
The Goodwill, built in 2009, reportedly will transport fuel between Diego Garcia, Guam, Korea and Japan. The 50,000-dwt tanker is 600 feet long and has a beam of 105 feet.
The Corsica, constructed in 2001, will be utilized for commercial cargo services. The ship is 384 feet long and has a beam of 59 feet. Its deadweight tonnage is listed as 6,404.