September 6, 2007
Navy charters former Soviet heavy lift ship
A ship originally ordered by the USSR Ministry of Gas is to play a role in helping the U.S. Navy develop the Maritime Prepositioning Force (Future) ship.
Dockwise USA, Houston, Texas, is being awarded a $25,156,325 firm-fixed-price contract with reimbursables for the charter of a contractor-owned heavy lift ship for the Navy's MPF(F) R&D Program.
The ship covered under this contract is the MV TRANSSHELF, which is Netherlands Antilles-flagged and is contractor-owned and operated.
Under the contract with the Navy, the ship will support research and development efforts of the Department of Defense through testing and demonstration of various maritime preposition force future concepts and technologies. Work will be performed primarily in waters off Norfolk, Va., and work is expected to be completed by October 2008.
Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.This contract was competitively procured with more than 200 proposals solicited and one offer received.The U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command is the contracting authority (N00033-07-C-3100).