The US Department of Transportation has granted Lykes Lines
, a subsidiary of CP Ships
the right to operate five US-flag containerships in its new Maritime
Security Program for ten years beginning 1st October 2005. The ships
will receive government subsidy to offset the cost of operating
under US flag. Over the ten-year contract term, the subsidy will
total $145 million.
The five ships will operate on the TransAtlantic.
MSP was created to ensure the Department of Defense has ready access
to a fleet of modern and efficient commercial US-flag ships that
could be made available in times of war or national emergency.
This new contract represents an increase in Lykes Lines'
participation in MSP. It currently operate five US flag ships in a
single loop on the TransAtlantic, but only three are MSP ships and
receive subsidy under the existing contract which expires on 30th