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TSV Arrowhead (TSV-SBCT) I Corps Vessel

In February 2003 the US Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) announced plans to lease a Theater Support Vessel (TSV) for use in training exercises by the Army's 1st Corps (I CORPS) for a 90 day period. The Army was interested in a bareboat charter rate with certain military modifications such as a Stryker capable ramp and crew quarters. This vessel will be modified to meet Army requirements and delivery is targeted for 30 days after contract award. One base lease for 90 days with three 90 day option periods was contemplated. The purpose of the TSV is to demonstrate and evaluate its ability to perform during certain mission scenarios, assess its usefulness to the US military and refine the requirements for the next generation of Army Watercraft and the Objective TSV.

The I Corps Vessel was required to be able to load and secure 14 Stryker combat vehicles and 2 HMMWV vehicles and 177 troops and their personnel equipment (135 kg per man and equipment) and be able to transit 300 nm at an average speed of at least 35 knots. The transit was based on a significant wave height of 1.5 meter and a head wind speed of 16 knots with full potable water and lube oil. The required transit (300 nm) was based on a twenty percent fuel margin (vessel shall finish mission with fuel equal to twenty percent of that consumed during the transit).

The vessel was to have an organic ramp for loading vehicles. The ramp shall be able to operate from a pier height of 0.5 to 3.0 meter with at a ramp angle of 12 degrees or less. The ramp shall be equipped with traction bars and non-skid painting. Deck tie-down fittings and lashing shall be provided for the required vehicle load. The equivalent of at least (4) lashings and associated tie-down fittings with a minimum breaking strength of 100,000 newtons shall be provided for each Stryker. The equivalent of at least (4) lashings and associated tie-down fittings with a minimum breaking strength of 40,000 newtons shall be provided for each HMMWVs. The tie-down fittings shall be arranged to provide effective longitudinal and transverse restraint.

The overall length of the vessel shall be less than 121 meters. The overall length of the beam shall not exceed 32.3 meters. The navigational draft in the departure condition shall be less than 4.6 meters.

The vessel shall also be able to self-deliver (not carried on a ship) to the contract acceptance site. Bladders and other external tanks may not be used in the self-deployment.

Vessel must be equipped with no less than 30 berths for military crewmembers. Partitions shall separate 8 officer berths from enlisted berths. The crew berthing shall, to the extent possible, support a mixed crew (male and female). Vessel shall be equipped with no less than 4 berths to accommodate 4 technical representatives. Each berth shall be supplied with 2 complete sets of appropriate bedding (sheets, blankets, pillows, and pillowcases). There shall be an additional 10% quantity of bedding to allow for damage and hospital usage. Dedicated stowage for the bedding shall be provided. Privacy screens and light barriers shall be provided as required for privacy and to darken spaces. Each berth shall have at least 0.6 meter of hanging space and 0.6 cubic meters of lockable drawer and locker stowage. The crew and technical representative accommodations shall be segregated from the troop area to the maximum extent practical.

The vessel must be delivered to Corpus Christi, Texas by 9 May 03. The Army crew will receive training on the vessel during its delivery voyage. Since failure to deliver the vessel by 9 May 2003 would result in significant additional costs to the Government, the contractor would be assessed a penalty of $25,000 per day if the contractor fails to deliver in accordance with this schedule.

On 04 April 2003, the US Army awarded a contract to DMF Investments for the lease of a high speed vessel. The base lease is for 90 days with three 90-day option periods. The vessel, named Shannon Alexis, is a Fincantieri Navali SPA built High Speed Ferry. The Tallink Autoexpress's Shannon Alexis (2001-2004) was previously known as Pegasus Two (1998-2001), and had that name in 1997 when she entered service with the Color Line. The Pegasus Two was ordered by Ocean Bridge Investments. She has spent her life operating on various charters.

The M.V. Shannon Alexis is an extraordinary vessel in every respect. One of two sister ships built to a very high specification by the renowned Italian yard FINCANTIERI NAVALI, her sister being the M.V. St Matthew.

The vessels incorporate everything an owner would expect, and more, from vessels built and finished at a European Yard. The interior finish, including hardwood floors and the Italian flair for design make these vessels a joy to board.This, combined with the enormous power output from her four MTU engines make for a super fast luxurious ride in air conditioned comfort.

The Shannon Alexis is a commercial, 94-meter mono hull high speed craft, roll-on/roll-off passenger vessel. The vessel has a service speed of 37.5 knots and will be used to support the deployment, certification and Joint Logistics Over The Shore (JLOTS) exercise of the Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) of the Army's 1st Corps (I CORPS). The vessel was renamed U.S. Army Vessel USAV Arrowhead (TSV-SBCT) after the 3d "Arrowhead" Brigade, 2d Infantry Division of Fort Lewis, WA; the first Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT).

The lease is for a vessel with certain military modifications to meet Army requirements such as a Stryker capable ramp and crew quarters. The Shannon Alexis will be modified and delivery is targeted for 30 days after contract award. The Shannon Alexis had an all Army crew from the 7th Transportation Group, Fort Eustis, VA. The participation of the Shannon Alexis in the JLOTS operation and the deployment of the SBCT further demonstrated the ability of the SBCT to deploy through areas without mature ports and will provide a mechanism for the Army to continue to collect data for the future procurement of the objective Theater Support Vessel.

In February 2004 the vessel returned to commercial service with the Tallink Group AS, Tallinn, Estonia.

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