AP Moller-Maersk’s American subsidiary, Maersk Line, has offered its authorities contracting division US Marine Administration (USMMI) to Louisiana-based Maritime Companions.

Virginia-based USMMI charters US flag tanker and army help vessels to the US Navy’s Army Sealift Command and is concerned within the operation and upkeep of US government-owned vessels. 

The corporate presently operates 5 US-flagged vessels, together with one owned maritime help vessel, three owned tankers and one bareboat chartered tanker.

It additionally has a contract supporting US Military coaching watercraft in Japan and was just lately awarded a brand new working settlement for the US Maritime Administration’s tanker safety program, which is able to see one other MR vessel acquired in This autumn this 12 months.

The acquisition is Maritime Companions’ second transfer within the US tanker market in as many months, having sealed a deal to purchase AMSC’s Jones Act enterprise, which owns 9 handysize product carriers and one handysize shuttle tanker, all of that are bareboat chartered to Abroad Shipholding or Keystone Delivery.

“USMMI’s long-term contracts with a robust buyer base will properly complement our present portfolio of property by offering diversification throughout counterparties, property and finish markets,” mentioned Bick Brooks, co-founder and CEO of Maritime Companions.

As for Maersk Line, following the sale, the corporate will proceed to function 20 US-flagged containerships and three roros.