Just got a heads up word that it seems the US Navy dropped funding for building the new tankers to replace the present single hulled T-AO fleet of Msc tankers. What this means is:
A) get a commercial company to build them. If this is the case they will also contract the operation of them ( ie: no more civmars)
B) have a commercial company with a double hull ship come into port, top off then head out to the Msc tanker on station and console. This would mean days and days at sea for the Msc crew with little to no port time. Can you imagine the problems being offshore Singapore for weeks and months and cannot get the crew in for booze and babes?
Either case is a mess for the civmar. Sad…