Ice-Strengthened Ship Chartered By Navy's MSC From Central Gulf Lines

The U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command has chartered an icestrengthened ship for service in the Arctic and Antarctic beginning in January next year. The ship will be chartered from Central Gulf Lines of New Orleans for four and one-half years.

Under terms of the charter, the MSC will pay Central Gulf $16,610 per day for the first year, $16,574 a day for the second year, $17,418 a day for the third, $17,156 a day for the fourth, and $17,228 a day for the final six months.

The ship, MV Woermann Mira, was built in 1980 in West Germany, and will be reflagged as a U.S. vessel and operated by an American civilian crew. She has six cranes, each able to lift 25 long tons. At holds three and four, four cranes can be married to provide an 80-ton heavy-lift capability. The ship has elongated hatches that will allow her to carry outsized cargoes such as a space telescope.

She is capable of carrying containers and breakbulk cargo. This ship will replace the USNS Southern Cross, which will be laid up.

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