OCTOBER 2, 2012 — Crowley Petroleum Services, Inc., Jacksonville, FL, was recently awarded a $16,506,028 firm-fixed-price contract with reimbursable elements for the Jones Act time-charter of one U.S.-flagged, articulated tug barge, ATB Coastal Reliance, in support of Defense Logistics Agency-Energy missions. The primary area of performance under the contract will be the U.S. West Coast. The contract is expected to be completed by Oct. 12, 2013. This contract was competitively procured via a solicitation posted to the Military Sealift Command, Navy Electronic Commerce Online and Federal Business Opportunities websites, with more than 50 companies solicited, with three offers received. The U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00033-12-C-5428).
According to Crowley the Coastal Reliance / 550-4 is one of four Crowley owned and operated 550 class ATBs, which are about 20,000 deadweight tons, and 605 feet in length and 78 feet in breadth. This class of ATBs, since their construction in 2001 and 2002, has operated on the U.S. West Coast, Canadian West Coast and Alaska for a variety of customers. These vessels were developed and designed by Crowley specifically for West Coast operations and weather conditions, with advanced safety features such as double hulls, inert gas generator systems, segregated ballast and radar gauging systems.
Earlier this year Crowley Maritime Corporation used the Coastal Reliance to make its first delivery of petroleum products to the U.S. Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (see earlier story).