TAK 5089 Ltc. Calvin P. Titus
TAK 5089 Ltc. Calvin P. Titus and TAK 5091 SP5 Eric G. Gibson are container ships, owned and operated by Maersk Lines. They are used to carry sustainment cargo including MREs, lubricants, medical supplies, repair parts and chemical defense equipment. These ships combine the capabilities of RO/RO container and break-bulk ships. They have the container capacity of 1,526 20-foot-equivalent units (TEUs) and 40,000 square feet of RO/RO space. The strength of the garage deck, the clear-deck heights, and the immense stern ramp allow for the transport of heavy armored vehicles, including M1A1 tanks. The Gibson is prepositioned in Guam, and Titus is prepositioned in Saipan.
In June 1999, MV Lt. Col. Calvin P. Titus, owned and operated under charter to MSC by Maersk Lines, was replaced by a ship owned and operated under charter to MSC by Titus Shipholding Corporation. The new vessel was renamed MV Lt. Col. Calvin P. Titus. Similarly, MV SP5 Eric G. Gibson, owned and operated under charter to MSC by Maersk Lines, was replaced by the Gibson Shipholding Corporationís MV SP5 Eric G. Gibson in July 1999. These two container ships, carrying Army sustainment stocks, are on station in Guam/Saipan. MV LTC Calvin P. Titus and MV SP5 Eric G. Gibson were completed in 1985 by Odense Steel Shipyard. The new and old Gibsons exchanged their cargo in Korea, a first for the Prepositioning Program.
|Builder|| Odense Steel Shipyard, Odense, Denmark
|Power Plant||1 diesel, 1 shaft, 31,800 bhp||
23,030 SHP Sulzer, Model 7RTA76; 1 shaft
|Length|| 784 feet ||652 feet, 3 inches
|Beam|| 100 feet ||105 feet, 7 inches
|Draft|| 38 feet ||36 feet
50,000 tons||48,012 long tons
|Speed|| 21 knots||18.5 knots
|Crew|| ||25 civilians
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Originally created by John Pike
Updated Thursday, October 19, 2000 6:13:29 AM