What will be the size of the largest containerships ordered by the end of this year?

10,000 TEU
12,000 TEU
15,000 TEU

July 29, 2005

MARAD announces $1.9 billion of RRF management contracts

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) has announced that its all-cargo fleet of fifty-four Ready Reserve Force (RRF) ships will be maintained by nine American owned and operated ship management firms under a new set of contracts that have an estimated total value of $1.9 billion over 10 years.

The RRF ships are kept in a high state of readiness at fifteen ports located on the Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf coasts of the United States. Some ships also are kept in a prepositioned status overseas.

There have been 91 activations of Ready Reserve Force Ships since December 2002. RRF ships have carried nearly 14,927,306 square feet of cargo about 310 football fields of materiel.

Most of the new ship management contracts are built on a four year base period and include two three-year extension options that will be based on the company's performance. The management firms are responsible for keeping the ships in a constant state of readiness and getting the ships fully crewed with U.S-citizen merchant mariners when an activation call goes out.

Company Selected Home Port/Vessels Estimated Contract Value (Base + Option Years)
Crowley Liner Services, Inc., Jacksonville, FL,
11 ships
(Baltimore, MD)
Cape Washington, Cape Wrath, Wright
(Houston, TX)
Cape Taylor, Cape Texas, Cape Trinity
(Tacoma, WA)
Cape Intrepid, Cape Island
(Long Beach, CA)
Cape Inscription, Cape Isabel
(San Diego, CA)
Pacific Gulf Marine, Gretna, LA,
10 ships
(Houston, TX)
Diamond State
(San Francisco, CA)
Cape Henry, Cape Horn, Cape Hudson
(Alameda, CA)
Keystone State, Gem State, Grand Canyon State
(Tsuneishi, Japan)
Alatna, Chattahoochee, Nodaway
Patriot Contract Services, LLC,
Walnut Creek, CA,
8 ships
(Alameda, CA) Admiral William M. Callahan, Cape Orlando, Cape Gibson, Cape Girardeau, Cape Fear
(Orange, TX) Cape Florida
(Beaumont, TX) Cape Flattery, Cape Farewell
Keystone Shipping Services, Inc., Bala Cynwyd, PA,
7 ships
(Portsmouth, VA)
Cape Race, Cape Rise, Cape Ray
(Beaumont, TX)
Cape Victory, Cape Vincent
(New Orleans, LA)
Cape Kennedy, Cape Knox
Marine Transport Lines
Secaucus, NJ
6 ships
(Charleston, SC)
Cape Edmont, Cape Ducato, Cape Decision, Cape Douglas, Cape Diamond, Cape Domingo
Interocean American Shipping Corp
Voorhees, NJ
5 ships
(Newport News, VA)
Gopher State, Flickertail State, Cornhusker State
(Diego Garcia)


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