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What is U.S. Flag Shipping?

U.S. flag shipping vessels are flagged to the United States, protected by the U.S. government and subject to laws set by the U.S. Coast Guard.  U.S. flag vessels abide by some of the most comprehensive, stringent, and costly standards in the shipping industry.  Due to regulations established by the government and in the interest of national security, U.S. flag vessels can only be crewed by native or naturalized U.S. citizens. We are proud to be the largest employer of deep sea U.S. Merchant Mariners.

U.S. Flag shipping is highly specialized and can be considered crucial to our country’s national security. This cargo is usually categorized as “mission critical.” We support military, government and humanitarian missions through the transport of cargo on our diversified fleet of vessels.

What types of ships are in MLL’s U.S. Flag fleet?

We operate a fleet of Ro/Ro, container and tanker vessels, both in international commercial service or under contract with the U.S. government. We also offer Ro/Ro vessels through our subsidiary, Farrell Lines.

The majority of our ships sail in weekly fixed rotations but our tankers are available for time and voyage charters.


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Who is Maersk Line, Limited?

We are a U.S. Flag (USF) ship owning and operating company and a U.S. Government contractor established in 1983. We own and operate a fleet of modern USF container ships that provide transportation of U.S. Government cargo on a world-wide basis.

Through our subsidiary, Farrell Lines, we operate a fleet of USF Ro/Ro’s and time charter them to Hoegh Auto Liners, a global leader in the PCTC business. Through our subsidiary USMMI, we own and operate USF tankers and a maritime support vessel that we charter to the Military Sealift Command (MSC). We also manage additional vessels for MSC and other U.S. Government agencies. Together with our subsidiaries Farrell Lines and USMMI, we employ approximately 150 Americans ashore as well as 1,000 American seafarers every day.

Is Maersk Line, Limited the same company as Maersk Line?

Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) and Maersk Line are not the same company. MLL, a Delaware corporation with headquarters in Virginia, provides U.S. Flag (USF) transportation services to the U.S. Government and various U.S. Government shippers.

If you are attempting to contact Maersk Line, a carrier that provides ocean transportation services to the public without a USF requirement, please click here to register for a quote with Maersk Line.