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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

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.

US Hospital Ship Aids South Korean Sailor

An MH-60S assigned to the Blackjacks of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 21 performs a medical evacuation of a sailor from Republic of Korea Submarine SSK Lee Eok Gi to hospital ship USNS Mercy (U.S. Navy photo by Elizabeth Merriam)

A U.S. hospital ship conducted a medical evacuation, or “medevac”, May 27 to assist an ailing Republic of Korea sailor aboard a Republic of Korea Navy (ROK-N) submarine.   At approximately 10:30 a.m. May 26, the Military Sealift Command operated USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) received

Ferry Refit: The CAT Floats Again

The Cat as she was about to exit drydock following an extensive refit (Photo: Bay Ferries Limited)

The CAT high-speed ferry has been refloated following an extensive refit, upgrades and repairs at Detyens Shipyard in Charleston, S.C., which began in early April.   Following the refloating, final work, including completion of regulatory inspections and dock and sea trials

USNS Carson City Completes Acceptance Trials

Expeditionary Fast Transport 7 (EPF 7), USNS Carson City during Acceptance Trials in the Gulf of Mexico (Photo: Austal)

 Austal Limited announced that Expeditionary Fast Transport 7 (EPF 7), USNS Carson City has completed U.S. Navy acceptance trials.   The trials were undertaken in the Gulf of Mexico and involved comprehensive testing of the vessel’s major systems and equipment by the U.S. Navy.

Seaward Services Concludes 15-year Westpac Express Work

Seaward Services, an HMS Global Maritime company, recently marked the end of a 15-year working relationship with Austal on the Westpac Express project. Seaward Services was awarded a contract in 2001 to provide operations, maintenance and technical management

US Navy's New Oceanographic Vessel Sets Sail

Ed Gent, Naval Oceanographic Office engineer, greets Rear Adm. Timothy Gallaudet, commander of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command and Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy, as Gallaudet boards USNS Maury (Photo: U.S. Navy)

The U.S. Navy's newest oceanographic survey vessel, USNS Maury (T-AGS 66), recently completed its maiden voyage from Pascagoula, Miss., where it was constructed at VT Halter Marine, to Port Everglades near Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.   In Maury's first days at sea

US Submarine USS Frank Cable in Palawan

USS Frank Cable. Photo: US Navy

 US submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) arrived in Puerto Princesa City in Palawan on Saturday, June 11, for a "scheduled port visit," according to the US embassy in Manila.   The visit will allow the ship’s sailors and military sealift command mariners to enjoy

Crowley Scholarships for Four Maine Maritime Academy Students

Sean OConnor (top left), Jordan Harmon (top right) J.T. DiGuglielmo (bottom right) and Luke Olson (bottom left). Photo Crowley Maritime Corp

Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships have helped to further educational opportunities for four students of Maine Maritime Academy (MMA). The four recipients, J.T. DiGuglielmo, Jordan Harmon, Sean O’Connor and Luke Olson

Final Agenda for Marad’s Sexual Assault Summit Unveiled

U.S. Maritime Administrator Paul Chip Jaenichen (image: Marad)

The Maritime Administration’s ‘Call to Action’ will address Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment in the Maritime Industry. Obtained this morning from reliable industry sources, the final agenda for what promises to a lively and possibly contentious meeting set up by the U.S

US Navy Accepts delivery of 7th Austal EPF

Photo: Austal

Austal USA’s Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) team finalized the delivery of USNS Carson City (EPF 7) to the U.S. Navy during a small document-signing event held onboard the ship on June 24, 2016.   The EPF program provides the Navy with a new high-speed intra-theater transport

This Day In Naval History: July 28

USNS Watkins (T-AKR-315) (Photo: U.S. Navy)

1861 - During the Civil War, the frigate, USS St. Lawrence, spots a schooner flying English colors and gave chase. Some four hours later, as she is overhauling the schooner, the fleeing vessel runs up the Confederate flag and fires three shots. Firing with her forecastle battery, St

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.  

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