Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Shipping Giant Wins US Military Freight Ship Contract

Maersk Operates More MSC Vessels
Shipping News Feature

USA – Maersk Line has been awarded a $126 million contract to operate five ro-ro and container vessels on behalf of the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC) and a logistics program for the Marine Corps. Under the contract Maersk will operate a number of Bobo-class vessels which will be crewed by civilian crews and deployed worldwide to provide instant stand by support for U.S. forces deployed rapidly to counter emergency’s.

In a statement Maersk said:

"If all options are exercised, the total contract value will reach approximately $126 million, excluding reimbursable expenses and performance incentives."

The Maritime Prepositioned Ships (MPS) are assigned to three Maritime Prepositioning Ship squadrons located in the Mediterranean, the Indian Ocean at Diego Garcia and the Western Pacific at Guam and Saipan. The MPS ships in each squadron have sufficient equipment, supplies and ammunition to support a Marine Expeditionary Brigade of about 17,000 personnel for 30 days. The MPS ships are self-sustaining, having cranes which enable them to unload their own cargo.

They have been used extensively in the past to rapidly build up forces in theatre for events such as Operation Desert Shield and natural disasters such as the Christmas Tsunami of 2004.

Maersk Line have already been awarded contracts by the MSC to provide maintenance on some ships and to operate a tanker for the Command.