Maersk Line receives Sealift Command contract

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Maersk Line Ltd. of Norfolk has received a contract to operate and maintain 10 ships for the Navy’s Sealift Command.

The contract value is expected to exceed $350 million. The ships are among 11 ships of the command’s Maritime Prepositioning Force that were solicited in February 2009.

Under the contract, MLL personnel will provide operation and technical support aboard the ships and the equipment and supplies needed. MLL will also help the command manage government-owned cargo.

The contract is divided into four parts for 10 ships and will begin this year. If all options are exercised, the contract will be extended to 2015.

“MLL’s support of Maritime Prepositioning Ships goes back to 1983 when we converted five commercial vessels and operated them for 25 years,”  Scott Cimring, MLL’s senior director of government ship management, said in a statement. “We’re pleased that MSC has recognized the value of our service and has entrusted us with these ships.”

MLL provides ship management, marine engineering and chartering services.

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