Crowley Maritime has secured a new technical management contract to support six US Military Sealift Command (MSC) maritime prepositioning ships (MPS).

Under the contract, Crowley will be responsible for full turnkey operation and management of the fleet, including crewing, and scheduled and unscheduled repair and dry-docking.

Crowley government services vice-president Mike Golonka said: "Crowley is honoured to have been selected to provide technical management for such an elite government fleet.

"Crowley is honoured to have been selected to provide technical management for such an elite government fleet."

"This contract is a perfect fit for Crowley, and would not be possible without the hard work and determination of our remarkable government team and the tremendous support we received from MSC."

Crowley will serve five of MSC’s 14 Bobo Class ships including the MV 2nd lieutenant John P. Bobo, MV Pfc. Dewayne T. Williams, MV 1st lieutenant Jack Lummus, MC sergeant William R. Button and MV 1st lieutenant Baldomero Lopez, and the USNS Gunnery sergeant Fred W. Stockham.

These vessels are assigned to preposition the US Marine Corps vehicles, equipment and ammunition across the world.

Crowley programme manager Sam Aills said: "It’s humbling and rewarding to provide service to this distinguished fleet as it fulfils its military duties.

"This is yet another critical government programme and we realise what a privilege it is to serve it."

In February, Crowley Maritime’s ship management venture Crowley Accord Management secured full technical management contracts for five new tankers.

The five tankers are the MT Dawn Haridwar, MT Dawn Mansarovar, MT Dawn Mathura, MT Dawn Madurai and MT Portland Pearl.