The American Cormorant was built in 1974 by Eriksbergs Mekaniska Verkstads AB and named Ferncarrier. In 1982, American Cormorant was converted and acquired in 1985 for time charter by MSC.
The MV American Cormorant is a semi-submersible float-on/float-off ship, the only one in the US Flag Merchant Fleet. The ship has the ability to submerge its cargo deck to load and discharge its floating cargo of Army watercraft. Her submersible capacity allows her to lift exceptionally heavy loads.