MADISON, New Jersey, May 22, 2012 – Damco, one of the world’s leading providers of freight forwarding and supply chain management solutions, has been selected to provide logistics solutions for the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Antarctic Support Contract (ASC) by prime contractor Lockheed Martin.

The National Science Foundation (NSF), an independent U.S. government agency, manages the U.S. Antarctic Program, through which it coordinates all U.S. scientific research on the southernmost continent and aboard ships in the Southern Ocean as well as related logistics support. Antarctica's remoteness and extreme climate make it a unique “natural laboratory” and even an analog for conditions on other planets.
Damco will manage all cargo transports, both domestic and international, from North America to South America and New Zealand. The work includes picking up cargo from multiple vendors across the United States and Canada, consolidating and preparing for air or ocean transport to domestic and international warehouses. The company will oversee port operations including warehousing and ship husbandry in Punta Arenas, Chile..
“We are excited to begin working with Lockheed Martin in support of the National Science Foundation U.S. Antarctic Program,” said Jeremy Haycock, president of Damco USA, Inc. “We are also proud to be providing critical infrastructure support that enables NSF to meet its mission to promote the progress of a wide and diverse array of scientific research.”

“The logistics component of the Antarctic Support Contract is vital to the success of the U.S. Antarctic Program,” said Celia Lang, Lockheed Martin ASC program manager. “The collaboration between Lockheed Martin and Damco will be key to ensuring the employees have the logistics support necessary to effectively do their jobs.”

Damco will be providing an onsite program lead based in Denver, CO as well as support staff in California, New Zealand, and Chile.

About Damco
Damco is one of the world’s leading third party logistics providers specializing in customized freight forwarding and supply chain solutions. The company has 10,800 employees in over 300 offices across 90 countries and representation in a further 30 countries.  In 2011, the company had a net turnover of USD 2.8 billion, managed more than 2.5 million TEU of ocean freight and supply chain management volumes and air freighted more than 110,000 tons.  Damco is part of the A.P. Moller - Maersk Group.

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