Seafarers will continue sailing aboard the Jones Act-qualified tanker Empire State following a recent contract award by the U.S. Military Sealift Command (MSC).
The agency in late July announced that American Petroleum Tankers has secured a new agreement consisting of “one 12-month firm period, three one-year options and one 11-month option period…. Work will be performed worldwide, and is expected to be completed by July 2025.”
SIU members have been part of the Empire State crew since the ship began sailing in summer 2010. It’s a union-built vessel, constructed at General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego. The ship, which transports petroleum products for the Department of Defense, is 600 feet long, has a beam of 105 feet and can sail at 14.5 knots.