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MTMC industry partner receives award recognition.

When the personally owned vehicles of military service members were damaged in two recent shipping mishaps, the owners were compensated at higher levels than required.

Affected vehicle owners were provided free use of rental cars and provided prompt settlements.

Meanwhile, in three years of operation, processing centers available to service members to move their vehicles have grown from 32 to 39, with new areas, such as Alaska, added.

The industry partner that has achieved this success for the Military Traffic Management Command, and ultimately service member customers, has been honored for its work.

The National Defense Transportation Association has presented its National Transportation Award for 2001 to Ray Ebeling, Chairman and President, American Roll-on Roll-Off Carriers, of Montclair, N.J.

A related logistics service company, American Auto Logistics, Inc., of Monroe, N.Y., manages the movement of 76,000 privately owned vehicles a year as part of MTMC's Global Privately Owned Vehicle Contract. To date, the firm has moved 220,000 privately owned vehicles. The contract has achieved an incredible 99-percent required delivery date, and a 99-percent customer satisfaction rate.

"The contribution he and his companies make to the continued vitality of transportation and logistics partnership with and in service to the U.S. government and its military commands is unique," said the award citation.

The award was presented Dec. 6 by Jeff Crowe, Chairman of the Board, National Defense Transportation Association, at a director's meeting at a Pentagon City, Va., hotel. Crowe is Chairman and CEO of Landstar System, Inc. Originally, the presentation was scheduled for the association's annual convention in early October in Milwaukee. The convention was cancelled as a result of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Among the firm's accomplishments was the introduction of four United States Flag vessels since 1990.

These roll-on roll-off vessels are the most militarily useful vessels committed to the Voluntary Intermodal Sealift Agreement program," said the citation. "They carry critical military cargoes, much of which cannot efficiently be carried by container ships."

The sealift agreement guarantees military access to maritime vessels in time of emergency.

"I am especially pleased to receive this award from the National Defense Transportation Association," said Ebeling. "The NDTA is now the only organization and forum where U.S. Flag carriers, U.S. maritime unions, the Department of Defense and government agencies can meet and discuss policies and practices so critical to all of us."

Sharp competitive pressures and aging U.S. Flag vessels drew a strong warning from Ebeling.

"The U.S. Flag liner shipping industry presently faces a clear-cut sunset scenario, and the sun is sinking fast," said Ebeling. "The Maritime Security Program has a legislated sunset provision, effective August 2005.

"Absent a new, comprehensive, long-term Maritime Security program finalized within the next two years, what's left of the U.S. Flag international liner fleet will likely disappear."

The domestic liner fleet, he said, faces the challenge of expensive United States-built ships mandated by the Jones Act.

"The average age of ships in the domestic liner fleet is 30 years, and it's past time to face the fact that they aren't likely to be replaced by ships built in United States yards at triple the world price."

Ebeling called for a revitalized U.S. Flag shipping industry "which provides comprehensive and competitive, promotional, regulatory and tax policy."

"We have reached the point where extending this, amending that, and hanging in there will not work. U.S. Maritime policy must be freed from its historical anchors and totally refocused on the future.

Many industry partners contributed to the success of the firm's recognition, said Ebeling. He cited PASHA Group, Matson Terminals, Unified Aircraft Services and the Transcar Group as "indispensable business partners in operating the Global Privately Owned Vehicle program."
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Date:Jan 1, 2002
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