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Crowley Awarded Military Sealift Command Charter for Ice-Class Tanker

Mike Schuler
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March 22, 2022

Crowley has been awarded a charter contract from Military Sealift Command to operate the Stena Polaris, an ice-class tanker serving bulk fuel transportation needs of the U.S. Department of Defense.

Crowley’s government ship management group has completed the conversion of the ship to meet government and military service standards, including registration as a U.S.-flag vessel. The tanker will transport necessary fuel for defense operations in the Arctic and Antarctica regions. When not operating in those regions, the vessel will transport fuel for defense services in the Mediterranean Sea.

The contract, which carries a one-year term with multiple option years, has a potential cumulative value of more than $98 million.

Crowley is working with classification society DNV and the U.S. Coast Guard to verify that the vessel meets the applicable standards. Enhancements include adding at-sea refueling capabilities for the military. The conversion was completed at Fincantieri Marine Repair near downtown Jacksonville, Florida, home to Crowley’s global headquarters.

The tanker, now U.S.-flagged with U.S. mariners, is set to enter service this week.

“The Stena Polaris plays a critical mission for our warfighters serving our nation in austere environments, and fundamental work to help our military succeed will be done by the strong workforce and maritime industry in Jacksonville,” said Mike Golonka, vice president, government maritime services, for the Crowley Solutions business unit. “Crowley’s team is fortunate to partner with the U.S. Coast Guard, DNV and Fincantieri Marine Repair to complete the conversion, and we are honored that the U.S. government continues to trust Crowley’s ship management team to meet the Defense Department standards for success and efficient service.”

“We are excited to partner with Crowley here in Jacksonville to successfully complete this tanker reflagging project,” said Ryan Smith, Fincantieri Marine Repair’s president. “We are now operating in Northeast Florida providing high-quality services to meet the operational needs of military, government, and commercial clients.”

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