Ready Reserve Force, or RRF, ships help to offset the shortage of militarily useful US -flagged ships. RRF ships are maintained in four-, five-, 10- or 20-day readiness status by the US Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration. When activated, these ships are under the operational control of Military Sealift Command. Ships with four- or five-day readiness status are berthed at ports throughout the United States allowing them to remain close to potential military load-out sites.
Tsuneishi Shipbuilding and its affiliates. It is a middle-sized Japanese shipbuilding group which has supplied hundred of products to the world wide customers since 1942. The Tsuneishi Group consists of Tsuneishi Shipbuilding (Tsuneishi Factory and Tadotsu Factory) and Tsuneishi Heavy Industries (Cebu) for new shipbuilding. The workload is shared among the Tsuneishi and Cebu shipyards. The THI Cebu shipyard handles bulkers up to Handymax. The Tadotsu factory handles large vessels such as bulkers up to Capesize, tankers up to Suezmax, post Panamax container carriers and car carriers. The Tsuneishi factory handles bulkers up to Panamax, tankers up to Aframax, cantainer carriers, car carriers, and other high-value ships. All of them obtain ISO9001 or ISO9002 certification for the quality system. For ship repair and conversion, the Tsuneishi Group consists of Tsuneishi Shipbuilding and other affiliated companies, Tsuneishi Heavy Industries (Cebu), Hashizo, Kambara Marine Development & Shipbuilding, Kagoshima Dock Iron Works and Tachibana Shipbuilding & Engineering. In 1903 Katsutaro Kambara founded the shipping company which later became Kambara Kisen, the original founding company of Tsuneishi Group. Shiohama Shipyard was founded at the present site of Tsuneishi Shipbuilding in 1917. Shiohama Shipyard changed its name to Tsuneishi Shipbuilding in 1942 and began building and repair wooden ships.
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