Crowley Subsidiary Awarded $39-Million Cool Barge Contract

The Alaska, Puget United Transportation Co. (APUTCO) of Seattle, Wash., has been awarded a five-year, $39-million contract by the Navy's Military Sealift Command to resupply U.S. government installations in Alaska and along the Aleutian chain.

APUTCO, a subsidiary of Crowley Maritime Corp., Offshore Division, also of Seattle, will receive nearly $9 million for each of the first two years and more than $7 million for each of the last three years ending in 1982.

The lower 1980-82 contract price reflects lowered cargo requirements through this period.

Military Sealift Command has the option to cancel the contract at the end of any year.

APUTCO will provide tug and barge resupply services, known as Cool Barge, along the Alaska coastline and the Aleutian Islands chain.

Among the Defense Department and other government stations and organizations to be resupplied are: Alaskan Air Command, U.S. Coast Guard Stations, Distant Early Warning Line Stations, Naval Arctic Research Laboratory, National Petroleum and Oil Shale Region 4, Naval Underseas Warfare Center, Federal Aviation Agency, Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Weather Bureau, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Military Sealift Command is responsible for supplying these stations or sites as the ocean transportation operating agency for the Defense Department. The Navy command moves cargo worldwide, primarily on scheduled berth line and chartered ships.

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