just go and look at MSC's solicitations for voyage charters at the FBO. Unless it is a Jones Act run they solicit for US or foreign flag vessels. I go there daily to check for new solicitations I might bid on so know full well how MSC operates
here is a current one being advertised
Added: May 05, 2017 3:32 pm
(1) Action Code: Presolicitation
(2) Date: 05 May 2017
(3) Fiscal Year: 2017
(4) Contracting Office Zip Code: 23511
(5) Classification Code: V- Transportation, Travel, & Relocation services
(6) Contracting Office Address: 471 East C Street, Naval Station Norfolk, Norfolk, VA 23511
(7) Subject: Tanker Voyage Charter
(8) Proposed Solicitation Number: N32205-17-R-3212
(9) Closing Response Date: 09 May 2017
(10) Contract Point of Contact or Contracting Officer: Robbin Jefferson; 757-443-5886; email@example.com
(11) Contract Award and Solicitation Number: TBD
(12) Contract Award Dollar Amount: TBD
(13) Contract Line Item Number: N/A
(14) Contract Award Date: TBA
(15) Contractor: TBD
(16) This requirement is for one clean, approved, U.S. or foreign flag, double-hull tanker with Inert Gas System and Segregated Ballast Tanks that is capable of carrying a minimum of 240,000 bbls of JA1 within the vessel's natural segregation in designated cargo tanks with double valve isolation. Laydays commence 19 May and cancel 21 May 2017. The period of performance will be one voyage.
(17) Place of Contract Performance: Intended loading port/place: Vopak, Singapore; Intended discharge port/place: Cocoguam, Guam.
(18) Set-aside status: Unrestricted. All responsible sources may submit a bid, proposal, or quotation, which shall be considered by the agency.
(19) The decision to release this solicitation on an "Unrestricted" basis is based on knowledge of the market and recent spot charter awards.
forget any notion you might have the our government protects American maritime interests ANYWHERE! They simply don't anymore nor have for many decades. Blame Ronnie Raygun for this sad and painful reality...