FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SEAWARD SERVICES CONCLUDES 15 YEARS WITH AUSTAL ON WESTPAC EXPRESS
NEW ALBANY, IN, JUNE 7, 2016 – Seaward Services, an HMS Global Maritime company, recently marked the end of a 15-year working relationship with Austal on the Westpac Express project. Seaward Services was awarded a contract in 2001 to provide operations, maintenance and technical management. Effective June 1, 2016, while another company has taken over the charter of the vessel, Seaward Services will continue its operations, maintenance and technical management of the Westpac Express.
The High-Speed Vessel (HSV) Westpac Expresstransports military personnel and equipment over a 1,200 mile range in Asia for the Marine Corps Third Marine Expeditionary Force (III MEF) and Military Sealift Command. The 101-meter vessel, home ported in Okinawa, Japan, can carry 970 troops and 236 vehicles, and travel at speeds of 35 knots. Prior to the vessel’s employment, the III MEF transported personnel and equipment by traditional air and conventional ship lift. The Westpac Express’capacity allows a single lift to accomplish what traditionally would be accomplished in multiple lifts over a 14 to 16 day period.
Military Sealift Command operates approximately 110 non-combatant, civilian-crewed ships that replenish U.S. Navy ships, conduct specialized missions, strategically preposition combat cargo at sea around the word and move military cargo and supplies used by deployed U.S. forces and coalition partners
Austal is an Australian-based global shipbuilder, defense contractor and maritime technology partner, established in 1988. The company has designed and constructed over 255 vessels for over 100 operators and has shipbuilding facilities in Australia, the United States, and the Philippines.
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