APL Cyprine begins liner service under U.S.-flag

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AMO members attending the re-flagging ceremony for the APL Cyprine May 4, here with AMO National Secretary-Treasurer Jose Leonard, included Chief Engineer Charles Russek, Third Assistant Engineer Chris Blouch, First A.E. Paul Krause, Second A.E. Matt Posten, Chief Mate Eric Swanson, Relieving First A.E. John Ricker, Relieving Chief Engineer Brad Dillman, Port Engineer Roy Graham, Third Mate Mark DePalma and Capt. Gary DeVries.
On Monday, May 4, the containership M/V APL Cyprine was re-flagged into U.S. registry. The APL Cyprine is one of two recently re-flagged containerships operated by APL Maritime Limited and manned in all licensed positions by American Maritime Officers.

The Cyprine carries military, government and commercial cargo on a 56-day route down the eastern seaboard to Dubai, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Oman, before returning to New York. On May 4, most of the crew received their orientation and walked through the ship. The captain, chief mate, chief engineer and first assistant engineer had been onboard 14 days to gain further observation time on their new vessel.

The senior officers spent May 4 giving the ship a thorough inspection and testing engine systems. The Cyprine set off the same week on her first voyage under the American flag.

The 900-foot 5,000 TEU Cyprine is the first new class of ship to be brought into the APL Maritime Limited fleet since 1997.

The M/V APL Pearl was re-flagged June 1.

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