SIU Jobs Secure in MSC Award


August 2015


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Crowley to Operate Six Prepositioning Vessels


SIU jobs will remain in place aboard six U.S. Maritime Prepositioning Force (MPF) vessels following a recent announcement from the Defense Department.


Crowley Technical Management on July 15 was awarded the operating contract for the following ships, which already carry SIU crews: USNS 2nd Lt. John P. Bobo, USNS PFC Dewayne T. Williams, USNS 1st Lt. Baldomero Lopez, USNS 1st Lt. Jack Lummus, USNS SGT William R. Button, and USNS GYSGT Fred W. Stockham. Crowley will operate the vessels for the U.S. Military Sealift Command (MSC).


According to the announcement, the contract is for one year but includes a series of one-year options that could extend to 2020. Turnover is expected to start Oct. 1. The ships currently are operated by Maersk Line, Limited.


As with most if not all such awards, this one remains open to protest for a limited time.


According to MSC, “Maritime Prepositioning Force ships strategically position supplies for the U.S. Marine Corps at sea. These ships are laden with a variety of Marine Corps equipment and supplies, including tanks, ammunition, food, water, cargo, hospital equipment, petroleum products and spare parts – ready for rapid delivery ashore when needed.


“MPF ships are organized into two Maritime Prepositioning Ship (MPS) squadrons, each comprising four to six MPF ships as well as additional prepositioning ships dedicated to other military services. Each MPS squadron carries sufficient equipment and supplies to sustain more than 16,000 Marine Expeditionary Brigade and Navy personnel for up to 30 days.”



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