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Marine Log


December 5, 2007

Maersk Line, Limited bids for JHSV

Maersk Line, Limited (MLL), the U.S.-flag member of the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group, has submitted a bid to design and build the U.S. Department of Defense's Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV).

MLL has formed a team that includes Derecktor Shipyards and Gibbs & Cox and will offer a JHSV design based on the HSS 1500 and HSS 900 high speed ferries that have been in service with Stena Line in the challenging waters of the North Sea and Irish Sea for over 10 years.

The semi-SWATH design combines the high speed capabilities of a catamaran and the sea keeping capabilities of a SWATH vessel.

Maersk Line, Limited says that independent analysis of both mono-hull and catamaran designs have shown the semi-SWATH design to have significantly better sea keeping and passenger comfort.

The combined characteristics of the semi-SWATH design are critical for moving personnel and equipment at high speeds over long distances, while ensuring that those personnel maintain optimal operational readiness.JHSV is intended to be an intra-theater sealift connector for personnel and equipment, designed and constructed based on commercial classification standards. This non-combatant vessel will play a central role in the future of seabasing and expeditionary warfare.

The Joint High Speed Vessel program is a Navy-led acquisition of a platform intended to support users in the Department of the Navy and Department of the Army. The Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) program is a cooperative effort for a high-speed, shallow draft vessel intended for rapid intra-theater transport of medium sized cargo payloads. JHSV will reach speeds of 35-45 knots and allow for the rapid transit and deployment of conventional or special forces as well as equipment and supplies.

The Navy plans to award Phase One preliminary design contracts in early 2008, and a detail design and construction contract in the fourth Quarter of FY08.

MLL has formed a team of companies that are leaders in program management, vessel design, ship operations and aluminum shipbuilding. As team leader, MLL provides its expertise as a vessel owner, operator, designer and builder to meet the management, logistics and lifecycle requirements of the JHSV program. MLL brings to the team the strengths of A.P. Moller-Maersk, a global leader in advanced marine technology and shipbuilding.

MLL teammate Derecktor Shipyards is one of America's leading builders of commercial vessels and has more experience building aluminum vessels than any other U.S. shipyard.

MLL teammate Gibbs & Cox has unmatched experience in designing U.S. Navy ships built to commercial standards. More than 150 naval vessels in service today or under contract worldwide, including over 60% of the U.S. Navy's current surface combatant fleet, are built to Gibbs & Cox designs.