The Crowley-managed aviation logistics
SS Wright has been activated by the U.S. Maritime
Administration (MARAD) to respond to the crisis in the New Orleans area
brought about by Hurricane Katrina. The ship is sailing from Baltimore
today, and upon arrival in New Orleans next week, will be used as housing
for more than 300 people who will be involved with infrastructure
The SS Wright, a MARAD-owned vessel operated by Crowley, is one of two
aviation logistics ships that supports U.S. Marine Corps fixed wing
aircraft. The SS Wright (home ported in Baltimore) and SS Curtiss (home
ported in San Diego) are maintained in a reduced operating status, but at a
high state of readiness, such that the reduced operating crew of 10
professional mariners can make the vessel fully operational in 96 hours and
ready to deploy to a contingency operation worldwide.
The SS Wright carries licensed and unlicensed crew from the American
Maritime Officers (AMO) and the Seafarer's International Union (SIU).