The newest additions to ARC’s fleet are replacing three older vessels in the U.S. Maritime Security Program, but the company is keeping two of the older ships in its commercial American-flag service – meaning it’s a net gain of two vessels for the SIU.
Two of the new RO/ROs – the ARC Integrity and ARC Independence – are sister ships classified as large car/truck carriers or LCTCs. Each is 747 feet long.
The other ship, the ARC Resolve, is a pure car/truck carrier or PCTC and is 653 feet long. According to the company, “These three new vessels all have a main deck that can accommodate cargoes up to 6.5 meters in height (21.32 feet), which will make them among the most capable vessels in the U.S.-flag commercial fleet for government and project cargoes.”
The ARC Resolve was docked near the recent naming ceremony at the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore, and it made a great impression on its first crew.
“It’s a beautiful ship and it’s in really good condition,” said Bosun Yamira Colon. “Everything about it is excellent, and we will maintain it.”
“It’s a good ship and the rooms are really nice,” said AB Steve Thorak.
Chief Steward Tom Hely had a practical outlook after having joined the ship two days earlier. “It’s pretty new and everything worked,” he said with a chuckle.
The ARC Resolve’s first SIU crew included Colon, Thorak, Hely, ABs Eric Reich and Arles Ballestero, OSs Jose Rodriguez and Melody White, Oilers Hycienth Asagwara, Zachary Manzi and Antonio De Luna, Chief Cook Thomas Cyrus and SA Mohamed Khodeiri.