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MSC Tests Iranian Waters

Photo: Mediterranean Shipping Company

The Geneva-based Swiss company, Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. (MSC), which is the world’s second-largest shipping line in terms of container vessel capacity, has returned to Iran more than six years after it docked at an Iranian port the last time. According to Tasnim news agency, the Swiss ship MSC Domitille arrived at the second terminal of largest Iranian port Shahid Rajaee on Thursday. This follows the implementation of a recent nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, which will terminate all anti-Iran sanctions.

MSC Celebrates Mariner Heroes

The Navy's Military Sealift Command will commemorate the Merchant Marine heroes of yesterday and today at a 2:30 p.m. Maritime Day ceremony May 22 at Pier One East on the historic Washington Navy Yard. Rear Adm. David L. Brewer III, USN, commander, MSC, will host the event, and MSC fleet ocean tug USNS Mohawk will be pierside, serving as the backdrop for the ceremony. Mohawk is one of about 110 ships operating daily around the world supporting MSC's mission as the ocean transportation provider for the Department of Defense. All MSC ships are crewed by merchant mariners, and MSC is the world's largest employer of the U.S. mariners with more than 3,000 civil service mariners serving on MSC ships and nearly 2,000 mariners crewing ships under contract to MSC.

MSC Container Ship Aground – Refloated

MSC container ship in accident In the second MSC ship accident since the MSC Rena was fatally stranded off New Zealand in October, the MSC-operated vessel (understood to be owned by Maersk Line) 4,437-TEU MSC Carole ran aground on a reef off Jakarta, Indonesia, but has since been refloated. No injuries or oil pollution were reported. The extent of damage to the ship is not yet known.

MSC Ships Deliver Supplies to Antarctic Research Station

Photo Credit: Lt. Sean Spicer, USN. McMurdo Station in Antarctica Feb. 11. pier Feb. 8 and delivered 12m lbs. of equipment and supplies. MSC ice-strengthened tanker USNS Lawrence H. Jan. 28 - Feb. the station's generators, vehicles, helicopters and research boats. percent of the fuel that the station receives each year. Military Sealift Command (MSC) dry cargo ship MV American Tern left the National Science Foundation’s McMurdo Station in Antarctica after delivering a year’s worth of equipment and stores as part of Operation Deep Freeze…

Maersk Line Awarded Navy Energy Conservation Contract

Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division (NSWCCD), to assess and apply Advanced Waste Heat Recovery (AWHR) technology to Military Sealift Command (MSC) ships. The contract involves a two-phase approach. In phase one, MLL will conduct a detailed analysis to determine which MSC ships will generate the greatest return on investment from the use of AWHR technology. Based on the findings, MLL may then lead the installation of such systems in phase two. AWHR systems capture energy from the hot exhaust of ship engines and use the heat as a source of power to reduce fuel consumption, which is a ship's single largest operating cost. The systems also cut emission of CO2, sulfur and nitrous oxides, and particulate matter.

Ship Company to Pay $10.5M for Covering up Oil Pollution

MSC Ship Management (Hong Kong) Limited—a Hong Kong-based container ship company—has agreed to plead guilty to charges that it engaged in conspiracy, obstruction of justice, destruction of evidence, false statements and violated the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships, the Department of Justice announced today. Per the terms of a plea agreement that must be approved by the court, MSC Ship Management will pay $10.5 million in penalties. This is the largest fine in which a single vessel has been charged with deliberate pollution and the largest criminal fine paid by a defendant in an environmental case in Massachusetts history. According to the plea agreement…

MSC Marks 50 Years Of Service

"MSC has been conspicuous because its people and ships generally have been where the action has been." Rear Adm. Rear Adm. Keener made this observation on the U.S. Navy Military Sealift Command's 30th anniversary in October 1979. His words still hold true 20 years later as MSC, the ocean transportation specialists for the Department of Defense, celebrates its 50th anniversary. Today, MSC operates about 120 ships worldwide with 100 more ships in reserve status. What sets MSC ships apart from other Navy ships is all MSC ships are crewed by civil service or contract merchant mariners instead of active duty Navy people. Using civilian crews frees active duty Navy personnel for more traditional war-fighting assignments. MSC ships wear many hats for DOD.

MSC Celebrates 50 Years of Service

"MSC has been conspicuous because its people and ships generally have been where the action has been." Rear Adm. Rear Adm. Keener made this observation on the U.S. Navy Military Sealift Command's 30th anniversary in October 1979. His words still hold true 20 years later as MSC, the ocean transportation specialists for the Department of Defense, celebrates its 50th anniversary. Today, MSC operates about 120 ships worldwide with 100 more ships in reserve status. What sets MSC ships apart from other Navy ships is all MSC ships are crewed by civil service or contract merchant mariners instead of active duty Navy people. Using civilian crews frees active duty Navy personnel for more traditional war-fighting assignments. MSC ships wear many hats for DOD.

MSC Ship Supports Operation Unified Protector

Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Big Horn delivered vital fuel and supplies to Canadian navy ship HMCS Charlottetown April 29, the first replenishment at sea of a coalition ship by an MSC ship during Operation Unified Protector. Unified Protector is the NATO-led operation to protect civilians and civilian-populated areas in Libya. The operation includes an arms embargo enforced by Charlottetown and other NATO warships and aircraft patrolling the approaches to Libyan territorial waters to reduce the flow of arms, related material and mercenaries to Libya. Big Horn delivered 29,782 gallons of fuel to Charlottetown during the 44-minute evolution while operating alongside at 13 knots on a mostly cloudy day in the moderate seas of the central Mediterranean.

MSC Ships Depart as Another Arrives

The two Military Sealift Command (MSC) ships that were moored at the North Carolina State Port here are now on their way to an undisclosed location. In their place, a third MSC ship has taken residence at the port in the continued military outload efforts. The USNS Red Cloud, a 950-foot large medium speed roll on/roll off ship, arrived at the state port Sunday morning to commence another outload phase. The ship has approximately 300,000 square feet of cargo space. Security remains high in the vicinity of the port, on land and in the Cape Fear River. The waterway security zones that were put into effect last week with the arrival of the U.S. Naval ships Denebola and Regulus will remain in effect for the USNS Red Cloud.

Shipping Corp appoints New Director of Bulk Carriers, Tankers

Capt. Sunil Thapar has been appointed as Director of Bulk Carriers and Tankers as of January 2011. He is a holder of Master (Foreign Going) Certificate of Competency issued by Ministry of Shipping and MSc (Shipping Management) from the World Maritime University, Malmo Sweden. He is a life member of the Company of Master Mariners of India. (Source: http://www.indiainfoline.com)

Wallem Handles First Cruise Ship in Japan

MSC Lirica (Photo: Wallem)

Wallem’s Agency team in Japan recently welcomed the MSC Lirica on her maiden voyage. The cruise ship recently arrived in Fukuoka (Hakata) with 1,764 passengers and 743 crew onboard before heading back to Shanghai. This call marks both the first Japanese port for the ship in its inaugural season in Asia and the first cruise call for Wallem’s agency team in Japan. Thanks to Wallem’s experience in the cruise business, particularly in Asia (handling more than 450 calls across Asia this cruise season)…

MSC Ship Provides CVN65 Vital Supplies

Deck department personnel unload a pallet of supplies from Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Supply (T-AOE 6) into the hangar bay aboard nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Enterprise and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 are on a scheduled deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kiona M. Mckissack (RELEASED)

Willard Delivers SOLAS Rescue Boats

Photo: Willard Marine

Willard Marine, a 56-year-old builder of composite and aluminum boats, has recently taken orders to build rescue boats for the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS), U.S. Military Sealift Command (MSC) and Maersk Lines Ltd. The Willard Marine rescue boats meet all U.S. Coast Guard requirements under the international Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) treaty. AMHS has ordered two 670 rescue boats for the M/V Columbia, which is being refitted with new safety equipment. The boats are being supplied through Vigor Industrial Shipyard in Portland, Ore.

MSC Ship Supports Operation Unified Protector

Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Big Horn delivered vital fuel and supplies to Canadian navy ship HMCS Charlottetown April 29, the first replenishment at sea of a coalition ship by an MSC ship during Operation Unified Protector. Unified Protector is the NATO-led operation to protect civilians and civilian-populated areas in Libya. The operation includes an arms embargo enforced by Charlottetown and other NATO warships and aircraft patrolling the approaches to Libyan territorial waters to reduce the flow of arms, related material and mercenaries to Libya. Big Horn delivered 29,782 gallons of fuel to Charlottetown during the 44-minute evolution while operating alongside at 13 knots on a mostly cloudy day in the moderate seas of the central Mediterranean.

MSC Ship Delivers BioFuels

Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187), which is currently providing logistical support for U.S. Pacific Fleet's biennial Rim of the Pacific exercise off Hawaii, will deliver 900,000 gallons of a 50-50 blend of advanced biofuels and traditional petroleum-based fuel July 17 to the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) strike group. The fuel delivery is part of the Navy's Great Green Fleet demonstration, which allows the Navy to test, evaluate and demonstrate the cross-platform utility and functionality of advanced biofuels in an operational setting. This will achieve one of the five energy goals established by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus: to demonstrate a Great Green Fleet in local operations by 2012.

Navy-Chartered Ship Delivers Coalition Cargo

A Military Sealift Command-chartered ship, MV Tor Futura, arrived in Szczecin, Poland, on March 9 to off-load nearly 20,000 square feet of Slovakian army cargo. Slovakian troops served in Iraq until January. While in Szczecin, Tor Futura also loaded nearly 85,000 square feet of Polish army cargo including trucks, trailers and various containers of combat equipment. This cargo is bound for Afghanistan where Polish troops are serving on the front lines of the global war on terrorism. Military Sealift Command (MSC), the U.S. Navy’s sea transportation command, continues to support coalition troops engaged in Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. Soldiers from the U.S. Army’s Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC), MSC’s sister organization under U.S.

MSC Announces Award Winners

Fleet replenishment oilers USNS Laramie and USNS Yukon, and rescue and salvage ship USNS Grasp are the winners of Military Sealift Command’s 2008 Capt. David M. Cook Food Service Excellence Awards. MSC Commander Rear Adm. Robert D. Reilly Jr. announced the winners in a message Tuesday, Jan. 22. Laramie won the award in the large ship East Coast category while Yukon took the honor for large ship West Coast. Grasp won the award in the small ship overall category. Winners will receive their awards April 5 at the prestigious International Food Service Executives Association Joint Military Food Service Awards banquet in Denver, Colo. Ten ships vied for the coveted award and competition was intense, according to Roberta Jio, chief of MSC's food service policy and procedures.

Stratos and Segovia Selected by MSC

Stratos Government Services Inc. (SGSI) and Segovia, Inc., wholly owned subsidiaries of Inmarsat plc, today announced they have been awarded an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract by the Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization (DITCO) for the U.S. Navy Military Sealift Command’s (MSC) Next Generation Wideband (NGW) commercial satellite communications (COMSATCOM) infrastructure and service. MSC operates approximately 110 noncombatant civilian-crewed ships that replenish U.S.

MSC Ships Support Korean-defense Exercise

A water bladder on the pier at Chinhae naval base is filled by offshore petroleum distribution system ship MV Vice Adm. K.R. Wheeler (blue-hull ship in distance) Feb. 26 as part of a demonstration of the ship's capabilities during Exercise Key Resolve 2008. Military Sealift Command personnel and ships demonstrated their ability to quickly respond to a breakout of hostilities on the Korean peninsula as part of exercise Key Resolve 2008, which ended today. Key Resolve, formerly called Reception…

WFW Advises on MSC Cruise Ship Financing

Watson Farley & Williams (“WFW”) has advised long-time client MSC Cruises (“MSC”) on the €1.2 billion (US$1.35bn), export credit agency (ECA) supported financing of two newbuild ‘Seaside class’ cruise ships, which will be the largest vessels ever built by the Fincantieri shipyard in Trieste, Italy. The financing for MSC was provided by a syndicate of banks including Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank (“CA-CIB”), BNP Paribas, Cassa Depositi e Prestiti S.P.A., HSBC France, Banco Santander S.A and Unicredit S.P.A. as mandated lead arrangers and underwriters. CA-CIB also served as structuring agent and bookrunner. The financing was supported by Italian export credit agency Servizi Assicurativi del Commercio Estero (“SACE”).

Military Sealift Command Reorganizes

The U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command today announced an organization re-alignment designed to increase efficiency while maintaining effectiveness. MSC is implementing the plan to realign three core aspects of the Washington, D.C.,-based command's shore side operations: the roles of three of the command's Senior Executive Service personnel, the number and structure of programs that conduct the command's seagoing missions, and the reporting structure of several field activities. MSC is repositioning three of its key Senior Executive Service members to better manage this new program structure. One SES will be the program executive over MSC's government-operated ships…

BAE Systems Wins Maintenance Contract

BAE Systems has been awarded a contract by Maersk Line, Limited for the drydocking and preservation of the USNS Soderman (T-AKR 317), one of nineteen Military Sealift Command (MSC) Large, Medium-Speed Roll-on/Roll-off (LMSR) Ships. The 55-day work package will begin in mid-September and is valued at $9.3 million, not including options. All work will take place at BAE Systems Ship Repair in Norfolk. BAE Systems will conduct drydocking and underwater work on the Soderman, including maintenance and repairs to propulsion systems and machinery, and preservation of the vessel’s hull, tanks and topside areas. Additionally, the contract includes ship security upgrades…

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