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Posted: July 1, 2011

New AMO jobs as USNS Stockham is turned over to Maersk Line Ltd.

Maersk Line Limited yesterday took delivery of the USNS GYSGT Fred W. Stockham, providing new jobs for members of American Maritime Officers under a contract awarded to the company by Military Sealift Command.

MSC has also awarded the contract for the USNS LCPL Roy M. Wheat to Maersk Line Limited. The USNS Stockham and USNS Wheat were awarded as Lot 2 and Lot 3 of an MSC request for proposals covering a total of 11 maritime prepositiong ships. MSC originally awarded the charters for 10 of the ships to Maersk Line Limited. Three ship management companies filed protests with the Government Accountability Office. All three companies filing protests -- Waterman, Keystone and AMSEA -- were unsuccessful bidders under MSC's request for proposals.

Following the protests, MSC rebid Lots 4 and 5, and the contract awards have not yet been announced.

"I'm very pleased we have these new ships joining the AMO fleet and our union's job base," said AMO National President Tom Bethel. "We'll keep the membership posted on any developments with the lots in this RFP that haven't yet been awarded."

Lot 4 covers five Maritime Prepositioning Squadron ships currently operated under AMO contract -- the USNS 2nd Lt. John P. Bobo, USNS Sgt. William R. Button, USNS 1st Lt. Jack Lummus, USNS PFC Dewayne T. Williams, and USNS 1st Lt. Baldomero Lopez. Lot 5 covers three Kocak Class prepositioning containerships -- the USNS Sgt. Matej Kocak, PFC Eugene A. Obregon and USNS Maj. Stephen W. Pless.

The one remaining lot in the RFP covering the USNS 1st Lt. Harry L. Martin, which is not currently operated under AMO contract, was awarded to a non-AMO company as a small business set aside.