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Posted: January 26, 2010

AMO jobs secure as Crowley Liner Services assumes management of nine ships

American Roll-On/Roll-Off Carrier (ARC) is terminating its vessel management agreement with Interocean American Shipping Corp.

Crowley Liner Services was to have assumed management of nine U.S.-flagged ARC car carriers, including the soon-to-be re-flagged M/V Endurance, beginning Jan. 25 and continuing through March of this year.

American Maritime Officers manned all U.S.-flagged ARC car carriers while they were under the management of IAS. AMO will continue to man these car carriers in all licensed positions under the management of Crowley Liner Services.

Eight of the ARC car carriers operate in the 60-ship Maritime Security Program fleet. They are the Freedom, Integrity, Honor, Courage, Independence II, Liberty, Patriot and Resolve. ARC is proceeding with plans to purchase and re-flag the car carrier Endurance (former Taronga) into U.S. registry this month after Crowley Liner Services assumes management of the ship from IAS. The Endurance and will replace the Liberty in the MSP fleet. The Liberty will remain in operation under U.S. registry.