Accession Number:

ADA285793

Title:

U.S. Navy/Military Sealift Command: Weak Contract Administration Led to Unsafe and Poorly Maintained Ships

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC OFFICE OF SPECIAL INVESTIGATIONS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1994-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

26.0

Abstract:

This report responds to the allegations concerning the operation of nine Sealift tankers leased by the Department of Navys Military Sealift Command MSC to transport jet fuel and other petroleum products to ports worldwide in support of U.S. military efforts. GAO investigated whether 1 the ships equipment had deteriorated because of inadequate maintenance and 2 the Sealift tankers were being operated unsafely due to unqualified and inadequate numbers of crew. The investigation focused on the time period that International Marine Carriers, Inc. IMC has been operating the nine MSC Sealift tankers-April 1990 to May 1994. Numerous adverse conditions on all nine tankers in the tanker- leasing program affecting the ships, the crews, the environment, and the were found program. First, MSCs lack of oversight of ship maintenance requirements caused the ships conditions to deteriorate. The lack of maintenance, in turn, adversely affected the ships safety and mission readiness. As of April 1994, this shortcoming had resulted in an additional cost to MSC, and thus the government, of approximately 20 million. Second, the lack of qualified and fully staffed crews contributed not only to oil spills with their adverse effects on the environment but also to the lack of mission security and efficiency. MSC failed to enforce the contracts crewing requirements and had no system to determine if the contractor was complying with the requirements. This report summarizes these findings.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Government and Political Science
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Marine Engineering
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Air Breathing Engines (Unconventional)

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE