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CURRENT ISSUE

ARM MERCHANT SHIPS?
Should merchant ships transiting high risk areas carry small arms for defense against pirates?

Selected crew should be trained and have guns available
Professional armed security teams should be hired
No guns on merchant ships, ever

September 10, 2009

Detyens wins $6.2 million MSC contract

Detyens Shipyards, Inc., Charleston, S.C., is being awarded a $6,235,225 firm-fixed-price contract for a 56-calendar-day regular overhaul shipyard availability of Military Sealift Fleet Support Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Big Horn. The ship's primary mission is to provide fuel to U.S. Navy ships at sea and jet fuel to aircraft assigned to aircraft carriers. This shipyard availability is primarily for ship maintenance and overhaul, including preservation of ballast tanks, preservation of tank deck overhead, preservation of potable water tanks and main engine turbo charger overhaul. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $7,284,625. Work will be performed in Charleston, S.C., and is expected to be completed by December 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured, with three offers received. The U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Fleet Support Command, a field activity of Military Sealift Command, is the contracting authority.


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