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March 11, 2010

Farrell Lines adds two ships to fleet

Maersk Lines Limited is breathing new life into a time-honored name in U.S. shipping. It has added two U.S. flag roll-on, roll-off vessels to the fleet of its Farrell Lines subsidiary. The two new additions -- the Alliance Beaumont and Alliance Charleston -- complement the Alliance St. Louis and Alliance Norfolk, which have been U.S. flag vessels since February 2008.

The Farrell Lines fleet now consists of four roll-on, roll-off vessels.

The Alliance Beaumont was brought under the U.S. flag on February 21 in Dubai, and this vessel will participate in the Maritime Security Program (MSP).

The Alliance Charleston was reflagged on February 12 in New York.

Both vessels have 710,000 square feet of total stowage capacity, representing 7,900 car equivalent units and over 250,000 square feet of deck space for military cargo.

Built between 2004 and 2008, all four Farrell Lines vessels offer superior reliability and boast heavyweight stern ramps and versatile deck configurations. The size and make-up of the ships allow for carriage of a variety of vehicles, helicopters and various oversized equipment. Along with ocean carriage, Farrell Lines offers inland transportation and logistics services for rolling stock and oversized cargo.

"With the addition of the Alliance Beaumont and Alliance Charleston, we have four ships to meet the increasing demand for our services," said John Reinhart, who is President and CEO of Farrell as well as President and CEO of Maersk Lines Ltd. "We are thankful for the support of the U.S. Transportation Command, U.S. Maritime Administration and U.S. Coast Guard in bringing these vessels under the U.S. flag. These two vessels will create new jobs for U.S. merchant mariners and augment the sealift capacity available to the U.S. Government."

"The Farrell Lines name has a rich history as part of the U.S. flag shipping industry, and it has an even more promising future," added Reinhart. "Accordingly, we have revitalized the Farrell Lines brand, which we are introducing to the market today."

Farrell Lines' heritage goes back to 1925 when James Farrell established the American-South African Line. To honor its history, it has a new logo that borrows from Farrell Line' original saltire flag.

Farrell Lines participates in MSP and the Voluntary Intermodal Sealift Agreement (VISA).It operates in partnership with Höegh Autoliners and its U.S. affiliate, Alliance Navigation.


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