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Merchant Marine Reserve Program becomes Strategic Sealift Officer Program

After extensive coordination with several Navy organizations and the U.S. Maritime Administration, the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics approved revisions to the latest CNO Instruction (OPNAVINST 1534.lD) transitioning the Merchant Marine Reserve (MMR) Program into the Strategic Sealift Officer Program (SSOP) on June 10. The SSOP supports national defense sealift requirements and capabilities, which are executed by Military Sealift Command (MSC).  The program provides the Navy with officers that possess sealift, maritime operations, and logistics subject matter expertise, and further hold U.S. Coast Guard credentials as merchant marine officers. "These changes will help align and improve support to Military Sealift Command and numerous other Joint and Navy commands," said Vice Adm. Bill Burke, Deputy CNO for Fleet Readiness and Logistics, who is the SSOP program sponsor.  "This revision improves stewardship, integration, and opportunities for about 2,400 Navy Reserve officers." The SSOP, like the old MMR Program, will continue to provide the capability for emergency crewing of sealift ships and shoreside support to Navy commands that require unique maritime expertise.  Further, this change provides opportunities for greater operational support to the Navy by expanding selected reserve (SELRES) billets and active duty recalls to SSOP officers.

BAE Awarded Military Sealift Contract

BAE Systems, Norfolk, Va., is being awarded a $6.7m firm-fixed-priced contract for a 60-calendar day regular overhaul and drydock of Military Sealift Command's fleet replenishment oiler USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO 195). Grumman provides underway replenishment of fuel to U.S. Navy combat ships at sea, enabling them to remain deployed for extended periods of time. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of the contract to $7.9m

Maritime Heavy Transportation Companies Dockwise and Sealift Announce Merger

Maritime companies Dockwise and Sealift announced a merger. By combining their fleet of vessels, the companies will be able to provide an enhanced service to customers. Following the merger, the Sealift vessels will be integrated into the existing Dockwise fleet and the company will trade under the Dockwise name. 3i, the largest shareholder in Dockwise, and Bermuda based Frontline, the largest shareholder in Sealift, have both approved the merger.

NASSCO Delivers USNS Watkins

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) delivered USNS Watkins (T-AKR 315) to the U.S. Navy. The Watkins was delivered ahead of schedule, under target cost, and with zero discrepancies. The Watkins is the sixth new construction ship completed by NASSCO under the U.S. Navy’s Strategic Sealift Program. A total of eight new construction ships and three ship conversions have been awarded to NASSCO under the 20-ship Strategic Sealift Program. All of the ships are being named for U.S

US Navy Cargo Ship Drifts Powerless

SS Cape Intrepid. By NavSource

 The U.S. Navy Military Sealift Command cargo ship Cape Intrepid lost power and drifted in the Strait of Juan de Fuca for about 3 miles before a tug intervened to take control of the vessel on Saturday.   The 685-foot Navy-contracted cargo was undergoing sea trials after a long period docked in Tacoma when it lost power about 2:30 a.m. Saturday north of Clallam Bay. Coast Guard Lt. Ben Weber says it drifted about 3 ½ miles before the emergency tug Jeffrey Foss reached it

VISA Extended To 2003

The Maritime Administration (MarAd) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the extension of the Voluntary Intermodal Sealift Agreement (VISA) for an additional two-year period, until February 13, 2001, pursuant to the provision of the Defense Production Act of 1950, as amended. The VISA program is the principal commercial sealift readiness program of the Department of Defense, and is sponsored by the Maritime Administration

Sealift/Dockwise Acquires OKI and ODL

Sealift Ltd the parent company of the Dockwise group of has signed an agreement to acquire the entire share capital of Offshore Kinematics Inc (OKI) and Ocean Dynamics LLC (ODL). The company has agreed to issue 6.9m new shares, of which 3.2m will be held in escrow and released in annual installments over 3 years, plus $15.7m in cash to the current principals of OKI and ODL.

CACI Named MSC Logistics Prime Contractor

MSC RoRo: Photo courtesy of MSC

CACI International Inc says it has been selected as a prime contractor to provide logistics support to the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC) on the Worldwide Logistics Services (WLS) contract. The five-year (one base plus four option years) multiple-award indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract has a ceiling value of $37 million and represents continuing work in CACI’s Logistics and Material Readiness market area.

Ocean Ships, APT, Awarded DoD Contract Modifications

USNS Montford Point: Photo MSC

The US Department of Defense inform that Ocean Ships, Inc., and American Petroleum Tankers, have been awarded Military Sealift Command contract modifications for charter, operation and maintenance of vessels as follows: 1. Ocean Ships, Inc., Houston, Texas, is being awarded a $10,461,769 modification for the previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00033-13-C-3333) to exercise the second option period of this contract for the operation and maintenance of two Mobile Landing Platform

USNS Sacagawea Delivered to Military Sealift Command

After completing sea trials off the southern California coast, dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE 2) was delivered to the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC) on Feb. 27. The ship, designated T-AKE, is the second in a new class of combat logistics force ships and is able to deliver ammunition, provisions, stores, spare parts, potable water, and petroleum products to the Navy’s carrier and expeditionary strike groups and other Naval forces.

Crowley Awarded MSC Contract for ROCON Fleet

Crowley Maritime Corp.’s government services group has been awarded a $130 million technical management contract for five U.S. government-owned, Military Sealift Command (MSC) Roll-On/Roll-Off and container ships (ROCON). The contract will see Crowley provide full turnkey operation and

Webb Institute Hires New Assistant Professor

Michael T. Martin (Photo: Webb Institute)

Webb Institute announced Michael T. Martin, PE as its new Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering. Prof. Martin has over 23 years of experience as a marine electrical engineer with a broad background in electrical systems including, electrical propulsion, power generation, power distribution

MSC Ship Rescues 11 Mariners from Sinking Vessel

Photo: Crowley

Ship-owning and managing company Crowley informs that a Military Sealift Command (MSC) vessel under its management has rescued 11 fishermen from a sinking vessel in the South China Sea.   While transiting toward Subic Bay, Philippines, on July 19

MSC Awards Crowley Technical Management Contract

USNS 2ND LT John P. Bobo (Photo: MSC)

 Crowley Maritime Corp. informs that its global ship management group will continue the support work it is providing the U.S. Government with a new technical management contract for six Military Sealift Command (MSC) Maritime Prepositioning Ships (MPS).  

Marad Visits TX Maritime Technology & Training Center

The San Jacinto College Maritime Technology and Training Center will open in January 2016 to become one of the regions only campuses built specifically for mariner training and as a home to the states first maritime transportation associate degree program. All San Jacinto College maritime training is currently operating out of a facility in Pasadena, Texas. Photo credit: Jeannie Peng-Armao

United States Maritime Administration tours Maritime Technology and Training Center site.   Administrators from the United States Maritime Administration (MARAD), along with staff from United States Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, recently visited the construction site of the Maritime

Crowley Takes Over Management of MSC Ships

USNS Victorious (Photo: MSC)

Crowley strengthens relationship with U.S. Navy, completes turnover of Military Sealift Command T-AGOS/T-AGM fleet   Crowley Maritime Corp. announced its global ship management group completed the turnover of the Military Sealift Command’s (MSC) T-AGOS/T-AGM fleet and is now

Raytheon Anschütz Expands US operations

Raytheon Company announced the launch of its new subsidiary, Raytheon Anschuetz USA LLC, located in San Diego, Calif.    According to the company, Raytheon Anschuetz USA LLC aims to reinforce customer care and support for Raytheon Anschütz navigation systems in the United States

New Flag Program Honors US Merchant Marines

Image: MARAD

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced the launch of the United States Merchant Marine Flag Program, which will provide U.S. Merchant Marine Flags for display nationwide, honoring the historic and continuing contributions of U.S

USN to Christen 'USNS Brunswick'

USNS Spearhead (JHSV-1) Wikipedia

  The Navy will christen the future USNS Brunswick (JHSV 6) May 9 during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony in Mobile, Alabama. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will deliver the ceremony’s principal address. Alma B. “Lee” Booterbaugh will serve as the ship’s sponsor.

Detyens Wins $15.8m Ship Repair Contract

USNS Lewis and Clark (Photo: U.S. Navy Military Sealift Command)

Detyens Shipyards, Inc. has been awarded a $15,812,647 firm-fixed-price contract from the U. S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command for a 75-calendar day shipyard availability for the regular overhaul and drydocking of USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE 1).  

BAE Systems to Expand San Diego Shipyard

As part of the San Diego Ship Repair expansion, BAE Systems will purchase a new, additional dry dock, shown here as a rendering of where it would be positioned at the shipyard. It will be the company’s largest dry dock in the United States, measuring 950-feet long and 205-feet wide, with a design lifting capacity of 55,000 tons. (Image courtesy of BAE Systems)

BAE Systems announced it will invest approximately $100 million to expand drydocking capabilities at its San Diego shipyard.   The investment, which will include the purchase of a new drydock and a range of infrastructure improvements at the yard, aims to enhance ship repair

U.S. Ambassador to Cameroon visits USNS Spearhead

Ambassador Michael S. Hoza, U.S. ambassador to Cameroon, gives a speech during a reception aboard the Military Sealift Command’s joint high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Special

  Ambassador Michael S. Hoza, U.S. ambassador to Cameroon, visited and delivered remarks during reception held aboard the Military Sealift Command’s joint high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) as part of Africa Partnership Station March 13, 2015.

U.S., Ghana Complete AMLEP 2015

A Ghanaian military member stands by as the Military Sealift Command’s joint high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) moors at Sekondi Naval Base, Ghana, after completing Africa Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership operations Feb. 24, 2015. Spearhead is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of the international collaborative capacity-building program Africa Partnership Station. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Adam Cole/Released)

  U.S. and Ghanaian and maritime forces completed Africa Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP) 2015 operations, Feb. 24, 2015. The Military Sealift Command’s joint high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) and an embarked combined law enforcement detachment (LEDET)

Australia Gives Landing Craft to the Philippines

The Australian Government will gift two recently-decommissioned Landing Craft Heavy vessels, including a package of spare parts, to the Philippines Government, the Minister for Defense Kevin Andrews announced today.    Andrews said the former Royal Australian Navy vessels HMAS Tarakan

Captains' Union Blasts McCain’s Keystone Amendment

International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots Asks: If Keystone is a “Jobs Bill” Why Would Congress Want to Send 400,000 Maritime Jobs in 26 States Overseas?    S.1, the Keystone XL Pipeline Act, has been described as a “jobs bill” by the

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