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miércoles, 3 de junio de 2009

Maersk Reflags Nine Ships in U.S.

Marcy Behrmann Frank
Source: The Journal of Commerce Online - News Story
Smaller ships replaced to serve government customers
Maersk Line Ltd. invested nearly $400 million to recapitalize and reflag nine of its ships into the U.S. registry.

The recapitalization plan called for the U.S. company of A.P. Moller-Maersk, which is separate from ocean container carrier Maersk Line, to remove nine older and smaller ships from its U.S. fleet and replace them with larger, faster and more modern U.S.-flag tonnage.

"This additional capacity and capability, paired with the optimization and expansion of our U.S.-flag network, will enable us to provide even more reliable, timely and flexible service to our government customers," said Bill Kenwell, Maersk's chief commercial officer.

The new ships feature an average capacity of more than 4,000 TEUs and an average age of just 10 years, while the nine ships they replace had an average capacity of 3,400 TEUs and an average age of 23 years.

The size and efficiency of the newer ships will result in reduced fuel consumption and emissions, the company said.

The new ships — Maersk Kentucky, Maersk Idaho, Maersk Utah, Maersk Wisconsin, Maersk Wyoming, Sealand Champion, Sealand Eagle, Sealand Mercury and Sealand Racer — will be deployed in the MECL 1, MECL 2 and trans-Atlantic services.

Ships being removed from the U.S.-flag fleet include Maersk Arizona, Sealand Achiever, Sealand Atlantic, Sealand Commitment, Sealand Florida, Sealand Motivator, Sealand Performance, Sealand Pride and Sealand Quality.

All ships will be recycled. The nine reflagged ships are enrolled in the Maritime Security Program.

Contact Marcy Behrmann Frank at mfrank@joc.com

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