American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier Group Inc. (ARC) added M/V ARC Honor as the ninth American flag roll-on roll-off (Ro-Ro) vessel to its fleet.
“This tremendously capable and flexible U.S.-flag ship is crewed by American merchant mariners and now operates in ARC’s global network supporting America’s national defense and economic security through trade,” said Eric Ebeling, ARC President & CEO. The vessel is ARC’s fourth large car/truck carrier (LCTC) vessel.
The former M/V Tulane was re-flagged to American registry and re-named the M/V ARC Honor on February 2, 2024. She was renamed ARC Honor consistent with past practice to name ARC ships after American values. The re-flagging was conducted with the U.S. Coast Guard in the port of Incheon, Korea. M/V ARC Honor is enrolled in the Maritime Security Program (MSP) and the Voluntary Intermodal Sealift Agreement (VISA).
“Congratulations to American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier on bringing a new vessel into the U.S-flag fleet!” said Administrator Ann Phillips of the Maritime Administration. “As a new addition to the Maritime Security Program, this ship and her crew of U.S. credentialed mariners will support our nation’s economic security and provide sealift capacity for our Armed Forces operating around the world.”
M/V ARC Honor will be among the most capable and militarily useful vessels in the U.S.-flag commercial fleet, able to carry tracked and wheeled vehicles, helicopters, and other high and heavy project cargoes. The vessel is 229.99m long with a 6.50m high main deck and a stern ramp rated for cargo weighing up to 320 MT.
“The leadership team at ARC once again is demonstrating its commitment to our industry, to our mariners, and to our nation by bringing this vessel under the Stars and Stripes,” said David Heindel, Seafarers International Union (SIU) President. “The SIU has been with ARC from the beginning, and we’re excited about providing the crew for the ARC Honor.”
ARC provides government services including global logistics and shipping services. ARC and its U.S. affiliates own and manage the largest U.S.-flag Ro-Ro fleet. This includes providing American-owned, managed, and crewed Ro-Ro shipping and intermodal services committed to the requirements of the Department of Defense, other U.S. Government departments and agencies, and commercial customers.