In 1983, Maersk Line, Limited (MLL)’s first contract encompassed the conversion, operation and maintenance of five Maritime Prepositioning Ships (MPS) in support of the Military Sealift Command (MSC) to meet the needs of the U.S. Marine Corps. MLL lengthened, upgraded, and added cranes to the ships to meet Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) requirements.
Since MLL’s inception, we have served U.S. national security interest through government and commercial ship operations and support. Our leadership in the development and participation in the Maritime Security Program (MSP) and Voluntary Intermodal Sealift Agreement (VISA) ensures that MLL assets afloat and ashore are always available to support U.S. government needs. Our commitment to those programs was demonstrated through our recapitalization and modernization of our U.S. flag fleet in 2009.
U.S. Government and Military Security Cooperation
MLL participates in numerous working groups involved with the maritime industry and national security. Examples include:
- Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel (CNOEP)
- U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Safety and Advisory Council
- Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT)
- Participation in military and domestic security exercises
U.S. Flag Vessels
A vessel’s “flag” is the country in which it is registered. Its flag determines the laws and regulations it is subject to. U.S. flag standards, set by the U.S. Coast Guard, abide by some of the most comprehensive, stringent, and costly standards. MLL has invested over $1 billion to sustain and upgrade our U.S. flag fleet over the past 31 years.
More specifically, in 2009, we invested hundreds of millions of dollars to significantly upgrade our fleet and reflag nine vessels from foreign to U.S. registry. This resulted in newer, more reliable ships that further reduce operating costs and improve performance. Continuous efforts like these are critical to meeting customer expectations and financial goals. The teamwork and collaboration demonstrated between MLL, the U.S. government and other industry stakeholders made this a highly successful endeavor.