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Marine Log

May 4, 2008

Potential $93 million charter for HSV Swift

Sealift, Inc., Oyster Bay, N.Y., is chartering the Incat-built HSV Swift from Bollinger Incat USA.

Sealift Inc. is a privately held company, established in 1975 that operates a fleet of U.S. Flag, ocean-going ships and is one of the largest ocean transportation contractors for U.S. Government Food Aid cargoes. All operations, chartering, engineering, crewing, IT and accounting are handled from its Oyster Bay, New York office. As of yet, HSV Swift doesn't appear on the fleet list on its web site.

Be that as it may, the Pentagon announced Friday that Sealift, Inc. is being awarded a potential $93 million contract for charter of the Swift. Initially, Sealift is being awarded a $21,913,900 firm-fixed-price contract for the 12-month charter of the vessel. However, contains four options, which include three 12-month options and one 11-month option, which if exercised, would bring the total contract value to $93,076,577. Work will be performed worldwide, and work is expected to be completed Sept. 2009 (Aug. 2013 with options exercised).

The Pentagon says that "HSV Swift will be operated worldwide in support of U.S. Fleet Forces Command and the war on terrorism. The vessel will also be used for emerging operational concepts such as seabasing and the Global Fleet Station."

The contract was competitively procured with more than 80 proposals solicited and one offer received. The U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting authority (N00033-08-C-3315).


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