The Sea Transport (ST) Cell was established when the Sealift Coordination Centre (SCC) was reorganized into the Movement Coordination Centre Europe (MCCE) in July 2007. The role of the Cell is to coordinate Sealift requirements in connection with Exercises, Operations and national standard resupply missions.
This task generates a yearly average of around 20,000 line metres (LIMS) being moved. In addition to this expected annual volume, we must also add the exceptionally large amount of LIMS moved in support of major exercises such as TRIDENT JUNCTURE 2018.
The Sealift Community is based on an established network of experienced and willing members. As such, the community is very active and helpful to the benefit of all MCCE members, which is also reflected in many of the matches made. In order to develop both knowledge and personal relations within the Sealift Community, a 2 week Manager Maritime Transport Operations Course in Rotterdam is conducted when requirements dictate.
On a regular basis, the Sea Transport Cell sends out time schedules for ships operated by our member nations (known as the Possibility Chart) and also provides assistance sourcing matches to national requests forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org, alongside requests from options offered in the Possibility Chart.
In 2020 and beginning of 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic the SCC meetings took place virtually only. Hopefully the Sealift community can meet in real life in Madrid, ESP this summer again.
Lead Nation(s) Concept for Ex COLD RESPONSE 2022
The MCCE ST Cell, in cooperation with the desk officers from DNK and NLD, has developed a Sealift Lead Nation(s) concept for multinational exercises, approaching the commercial market with one consolidated bid, thus maximising capacity and minimising costs. The concept was tested during Ex TRIDENT JUNCTURE 2018 in NOR. Necessary sealift assets were prefunded by DNK and invoiced after the exercise using a cost sharing model based on distance and volume. Sailing schedules for the deployment and redeployment as well as movement regulations connected to the concept were created and sent to the participating nations and entities. Challenges during the planning process were the coordination with SHAPE and the de-confliction of NDDPs together with JLSG. For Ex COLD RESPONSE 2022 MCCE together with the Lead Nations DNK, GBR and NLD want to make the Sealift Lead Nation(s) Concept a success again. Necessary sealift assets for CR22 will be prefunded by GBR and invoiced after the exercise using a cost sharing model based on distance and volume.
The ST Cell is operational 24/7 via beneath contact information.
Telephone: +31 (0)40 206 6043/6044
Cell Phone: + 31 (0)6 1244 7447