also known as MT Transpacific
is an oil tanker
under long-term charter to the United States Military Sealift Command
(MSC). As part of MSC's Sealift Program, the Transpacific
transports fuel for the U.S. Department of Defense
. Small and having shallow-draft, the Transpacific
is known as a T-1 equivalent tanker
, and moves petroleum products intra-theater in between Japan
and The Marshall Islands
The Transpacific was chartered from 19 November 2006 to 30 September 2008 on a daily rate of $18,848 under contract number N00033-06-C-5409.
Owners and operators
The ship is owned and operated by TransAtlantic Lines LLC
, an American shipping company
based in Greenwich, Connecticut
. This limited liability company
was founded in 1998 by vice-president Gudmundur Kjaernested
and president Brandon C. Rose
. The company owns and operates 5 vessels, including one tug-and-barge combination. Four of these vessels are chartered by the Military Sealift Command
, and perform duties such as delivering cargo to U.S. military activities in Diego Garcia
and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
. TransAtlantic Lines has no collective bargaining agreements with seagoing unions.
From 2001 to 2002 the ship was known as MT Turcas II. It was sold on March 15, 2002 to Swedish company Donsötank for $9.5 million. Donsö Shipping KB owned the ship, then known as MT Bonito, until 2006. In 2006, the ship was bought by the company Goldcup D 1862 AB. TransAtlantic Lines LLC then bought it for $13,000,000.
From 2001 to 2006, the ship was operated by the company Rederi AB Donsötank,
and registered in Sweden.
On July 20
, the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command announced the charter for the Transpacific
. The charter, which commenced October 1
, is a one-year firm-fixed-price contract of $6,879,520 with additional reimbursables. The contract includes three additional one-year option periods and one 11-month option period which can total $25,589,458 plus additional reimbursables.
In each charter period, the government has the right to cancel after 60 days with 10 days notice. After each initial 60-day period, the government can cancel the charter with 30 days notice. The end of the base period of the charter is September 2007, and the charter will last until August 2011 if all options are exercised. This contract was competitively procured with more than 85 proposals solicited and three offers received.
The charter had previously been held by MV Montauk, operated by Sealift Incorporated. Sealift Incorporated protested the charter award with the Government Accounting Office (GAO), claiming that TransAtlantic Lines understated its fuel-consumption costs. The GAO denied this protest, as well as an additional technical complaint about what business entity actually employed crewmembers.
On October 27
the District Court of Guam
ordered TransAtlantic Lines to post a cash security of $310,000 to take possession of the vessel from Guam Industrial Services. TransAtlantic Lines posted the bond and took possession of the ship.
Route and cargo
The ship routinely carries:
The ship routinely visits:
- Hakozaki Defense Fuel Supply Point near United States Fleet Activities Yokosuka Japan,
- Hokkaidō, Japan,
- Kin, Okinawa,
- Chimu Wan Base Terminal, Okinawa,
- White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa,
- Hachinohe, Japan,
- The Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site at Kwajalein Atoll, and
- Yeosu, South Korea.