Maersk Line adds tanker Marco to its U.S.-flag fleet

The following is the text of a press release issued by Maersk Line:
(ARLINGTON, Va.) — Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) has completed
the purchase of a 47,000 DWT product tanker to add to its U.S. flag
vessel fleet.  The M/T MARCO, which will be reflagged as the MAERSK
MICHIGAN in early September, is a 182-meter double hull medium-range
tanker built in 2003. The ship will provide U.S. government customers,
such as the Defense Energy Support Center, with expanded petroleum
transport capacity around the world.
“The addition of MAERSK MICHIGAN represents our commitment to expanding
our U.S. flag fleet and to providing U.S. government customers with
strategic tanker capacity where it is needed most,” said Steve Carmel,
MLL’s Senior Vice President of Maritime Services. “We are also proud
that the ship will add new jobs and capacity to the overall U.S. flag
The ship is crewed in all licensed and unlicensed positions by the
American Maritime Officers and Seafarers International Union, resulting
in the creation of 19 new positions for U.S. merchant mariners. “This
vessel clearly and strongly reflects the company’s commitment to both
the American flag and U.S. crews,” said Seafarers International Union
Executive Vice President Augie Tellez.
About Maersk Line, Limited
Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) is an American company that provides U.S.
government agencies and their prime contractors with comprehensive
maritime and transportation services around the globe. With the
unparalleled experience, expertise and intermodal resources of the A.P.
Moller-Maersk Group, MLL utilizes industry-leading technology to provide
reliable, cost-effective transportation and maritime solutions.  MLL’s
fleet of U.S. flag container, tanker, dry-bulk, combination and
roll-on/roll-off ships transports more U.S. government cargo in support
of military and humanitarian missions than any other U.S. company. As a
global maritime services leader, we also manage and operate more U.S.
government vessels than any other private entity. We leverage
commercially proven and customized chartering, crewing, maintenance and
sustainment strategies to the advantage of our government customers.
By Professional Mariner Staff