Sealift wins charter to US Navy wing

Containership Cap Spencer to be re-flagged and upgraded for up to five-year contract.

Sealift has been awarded a containership charter contract for up to five years with the transport arm of the US Navy.

The deal with the Military Sealift Command (MSC) involves the 3,740-teu Cap Spencer (built 2001), according to labour union American Maritime Officers (AMO).

The charter deal involves one firm year and options for four more.

Sealift, a Long Island-based company, is upgrading the ship and will transfer it to the US flag for the work. MSC plans to rename it SSG Edward A Carter Jr. It replaces a ship of the same name currently run by Maersk Line Ltd, the US-flag arm of Denmark's AP Moller-Maersk in an ammunition-carrying contract with MSC.

The ship is reported as owned by SeaChange Maritime, a Miami-based containership owner whose efforts to enter the US-flag business have encountered stumbling blocks.

In 2014, Sealift purchased the 1,730-teu Capt David I Lyon (ex-Positano, built 1996) from SeaChange to serve a nearly five-year charter for MSC.