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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


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


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


Military Sealift Command Oiler Wins SECNAV Environmental Award

From Military Sealift Command Public Affairs Fleet replenishment oiler USNS John Ericsson (T-AO 194)won the fiscal year 2006 Secretary of the Navy Environmental Quality Award in the Environmental Quality, Small Ship category. In ALNAV Message 029/07, released March 30, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Installations and Environment B.J. Penn extended his personal congratulations to the winners. “Your accomplishments are outstanding in their own right and exemplify the Department


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


Last Port of Call for the U.S. Merchant Marine?

Part II in a two-part series, continued from the January 2017 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News. Read Part I here.     Government Ownership If reliance on the foreign commercial market is risky because of uncertain reliability, then what of U.S


Legislators Call for US-flag LNG Carriers

© Wojciech Wrzesien / Adobe Stock

New legislation proposed this week would require up to 30 percent of U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports to travel on U.S.-flagged vessels.   The U.S. is expected to continue ramping up its LNG exports in the coming years and become a net exporter by 2020, yet there are currently no U.S


MV Liberty Passion Joins US MSP Fleet

Photo: Port of Beaumont

 U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao welcomed the newest vessel to the Maritime Security Program (MSP) in the port of Beaumont, Texas. Renamed the M/V Liberty Passion, it is the third ship owned by Liberty Global Logistics to join the MSP fleet.   


Vigor Wins $10.3M Navy Repair Deal

Vigor Marine LLC, Portland, Oregon, is being awarded a $10,268,877 firm-fixed-price contract for a 45-calendar day shipyard availability for the regular overhaul and dry docking of USNS Matthew Perry (T-AKE 9).  Work will include clean and gas-free tanks, voids, cofferdams and spaces


New Mission Set to Retrieve El Faro's VDR

El Faros voyage data recorder next to the ships mast on ocean floor (Photo: NTSB)

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will launch its third mission to the wreckage of the El Faro on Friday from Virginia Beach, Virginia. The mission’s primary objective is to retrieve the sunken cargo ship’s voyage data recorder.  


This Day In Naval History: August 11

USNS Benavidez (T-AKR-306) underway (Photo: U.S. Navy)

1861 - USS Penguin, commanded by Cmdr. John L. Livingston, engages blockade-runner Louisa during the Civil War. The blockade-runner hits a sandbar near Cape Fear, N.C., and sinks. 1877 - Prof. Asaph Hall of the U.S. Naval Observatory discovers the first of two satellites of Mars


MN100: Safety Management Systems, LLC

Bill Mahoney (Photo: Safety Management Systems, LLC)

The Company: A leading US maritime consultancy established in 1996, SMSLLC provides practical risk mitigation solutions for vessel operators and stakeholders. Clients include a broad range of operators including Genesis Marine, American River Transportation Company, Seabulk Towing


US Navy Ships Conduct Astern Replenishment-at-sea

Sailors man the rails of Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Pioneer (MCM 9) as the ship leaves a Commander, U.S. Fleet Activities Sasebo pier. Avenger-class ships are designed as mine sweepers/hunter-killers capable of finding, classifying and destroying moored and bottom mines. (U.S. Navy Photo by Kristopher S. Haley)

“While replenishments-at-sea are routine, astern refueling is unique and requires precise navigation and coordination,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jason Ileto, fleet replenishment scheduler for Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific. “[USS Pioneer (MCM 9)] and other minesweeping vessels


Navy Names Replenishment Oiler After Robert F. Kennedy

A graphic representation of the future USNS Robert F. Kennedy (T-AO 208). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Armando GonzalesReleased)

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus announced today that the next ship of the next generation of fleet replenishment oilers will be named USNS Robert F. Kennedy (T-AO 208). A ceremony marking the announcement was held at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston.


HMAS Darwin completes support to Kaikoura earthquake relief

HMAS Darwin Photo Royal Australian Navy

After helping to deliver 216 tonnes of disaster relief, HMAS Darwin has completed support to residents of the Kaikoura area following the earthquake that struck the South Island of New Zealand on Monday. The disaster relief stores flown by Australian and Coalition helicopters included 13


Crowley Arm Earns Information Security Certification

(L to R): Sharon Baris, director, contract administration; Mike Golonka, vice president, government services; Maria Hope, manager, technology and Lisa Leone, business systems analyst (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Maritime Corp. said its government services group has achieved worldwide ISO/IEC 27001:2013 information security certification for enhancements made to the security of accessing, transmitting, processing and storing covered defense information related to its management of Military Sealift


Boston Ship Repair Wins Navy Contract

Boston Ship Repair LLC, Boston, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $17,244,435 firm-fixed-price contract for a75-calendar day shipyard availability for the regular overhaul and dry docking of USNS Comfort (T-AH 20). Work will include clean and gas free tanks, voids, cofferdams and spaces


DiCianna Joins Choice Ballast Solutions

Debra DiCianna (Photo: Choice Ballast Solutions)

Choice Ballast Solutions (Choice), a provider of ballast water treatment planning, installation and compliance, has hired Debra DiCianna as Senior Compliance Engineer. DiCianna’s career in the maritime industry spans over 25 years with extensive experience in the compliance and operational


Detyens Wins Medgar Evers Overhaul Contract

USNS Medgar Evers (U.S. Navy photo by J. M. Tolbert)

Detyens Shipyards Inc. said it was awarded a $13.6 million firm-fixed-price contract for a 60-calendar day shipyard availability for the regular overhaul and dry-docking of U.S. Navy’ Military Sealift Command (MSC) cargo ship USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE 13).  


Last Port of Call for the US Merchant Marine?

(Photo: © Lefteris Papaulakis / Adobe Stock)

The privately owned U.S.-flag foreign trading fleet, which is an essential component of U.S. sealift capability, stands on the edge of a precipice. The fleet – roughly stable in terms of cargo carrying capacity from 2000 to 2012 – has declined from 106 vessels in 2012 to 78 vessels at






 
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