February 16th 2016

MM&P and new employer Chesapeake Crewing have signed labor contracts for two new ships, a product tanker and a general cargo vessel, which have just been reflagged into the U.S. fleet. The vessels are the SLNC GOODWILL, a 2009 built 50,000-ton product tanker under a two-year charter with Military Sealift Command and SLNC CORSICA, a general cargo vessel built in 2001 that has a deadweight of 6,450 tons.

The GOODWILL will transport fuel between Japan, Korea, Guam and Diego Garcia. The CORSICA will provide commercial freight services in the tramp trade. The contracts include participation in all the MM&P plans, including the Adjustable Pension Plan.

“We are extremely happy to make this announcement,” said MM&P Secretary-Treasurer Steve Werse. “The relationship between Chesapeake Crewing and MM&P is a partnership in every sense of the word: well-balanced, mutually beneficial and backed by the full commitment of management. It’s a win-win for the MM&P members who will man the vessels and a milestone for the U.S.-flag industry.”

MM&P has the contract rights to both licensed deck officers and licensed engineering officers but is working in cooperation with the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA) on engineering pass- through billets.

Trinity Ship Management will be acting as agents for Chesapeake Crewing. Patriot Contract Services is supplying technical management to the liquid cargo vessel.