January 27th 2016

Contracts for the operation, maintenance and manning of 10 ships in the National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF) have been awarded to MM&P employers Matson and Patriot. Seven of the ships are new for MM&P.

“The contract awards bear testimony to the professionalism of our members aboard ship and to our ability, and that of our employers and labor-union shipmates, to compete,” said MM&P President Don Marcus. “A particular thanks is owed to MM&P National Director of Collective Bargaining Lars Turner for his impressive work on this contract, an effort which has been ongoing for almost 1-1/2 years.”

The Department of Transportation announced the awards of the Maritime Administration (MARAD) contracts—for 48 NDRF vessels overall—on Jan. 22. The contracts are funded by the Department of Defense (DoD) National Defense Sealift Fund to support DoD’s strategic sealift mission.

The awards ($174,612,435.39 to Matson and $227,068,183.07 to Patriot) include firm-fixed fees for the four-year base contract and two, two-year options, without future economic price adjustment, plus estimated reimbursable costs for eight years.

All the ships awarded to Matson and Patriot are roll-on/roll-off vessels.

CAPE HENRY, CAPE ORLANDO and ADMIRAL CALLAGHAN remain under MM&P contract. The other seven ships are all new contracts with MM&P.

The three vessels awarded to Matson are: CAPE HENRY (homeported in Alameda), CAPE HUDSON (Pier 50 San Francisco) and CAPE HORN (Pier 50 San Francisco).

The seven vessels awarded to Patriot are: CAPE TEXAS, CAPE TAYLOR and CAPE TRINITY (Beaumont, Texas); CAPE VINCENT and CAPE VICTORY (Beaumont); the GTS ADMIRAL WILLIAM CALLAGHAN and CAPE ORLANDO (Alameda).

Since 1946, NRDF vessels have facilitated U.S. strategic sealift, natural disaster response and humanitarian operations around the globe.

“The U.S. Merchant Marine and National Defense Reserve Fleet play a crucial role in our nation’s security,” said Maritime Administrator Paul ‘Chip’ Jaenichen. “These contract awards will allow our commercial maritime companies to continue providing top-notch support to our troops who are stationed or deployed around the world.”