M/V ARC Honor reflagged into U.S. registry for Maritime Security Program fleet

The M/V ARC Honor, which was reflagged on Feb. 2, is operated for American Roll On Roll Off Carrier by Tote Services and is manned in all license positions by American Maritime Officers.

American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier Group Inc. has added the M/V ARC Honor to its fleet. The ARC Honor is the company’s ninth American-flagged roll-on/roll-off (RO/RO) vessel and fourth large car/truck carrier (LCTC).

“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 ARC President and CEO Eric Ebeling.

The former M/V Tulane was reflagged to American registry and renamed 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 reflagging was conducted with the U.S. Coast Guard in the port of Incheon, Korea. The 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 Maritime Administrator Ann Phillips. “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.”

The 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 229.99 meters long with a 6.50-meters-high main deck and a stern ramp rated for cargo weighing up to 320 metric tons.

“The Maritime Security Program and the participating U.S. mariners and ships are crucial elements of our U.S. sealift strategy, our national defense, and commerce,” said American Maritime Officers National President Willie Barrere. “AMO proudly joins our industry partners in welcoming the ARC Honor to our U.S.-flag fleet.”

“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 Seafarers International Union President David Heindel. “The SIU has been with ARC from the beginning, and we’re excited about providing the crew for the ARC Honor.”

AMO members aboard the ARC Honor included Master Zachary Krissoff, Chief Mate Dean Lynch, Second Mate Gage Reamy, Third Mate John Gall, Chief Engineer James Delgado, First Assistant Engineer Chadwick McDuffie, Second A.E. Ryan Ferschke and Third A.E. Eric Fresch.