GAO Dismisses Protest Against Award of Long-Term Vessel Charter

November 7, 2006

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) dismissed a protest against the award of a multi-million dollar, long-term vessel charter to our client, TransAtlantic Lines, LLC.  The protest, filed by the incumbent contractor that had the charter for over a dozen years, alleged that TransAtlantic Lines misrepresented the capacity of the vessel it proposed and could not meet other contractual obligations.  Both TransAtlantic Lines and the agency moved  to dismiss the protest as speculative and related to matters of contract administration.

In an unusual move, the GAO suspended the requirement that the agency submit a report and, after conducting a telephonic conference among the parties, dismissed the protest on the grounds asserted by TransAtlantic Lines and the agency.

Recently, Blank Rome convinced the United States Court of Federal Claims to award attorney's fees to TransAtlantic Lines in its successful challenge of the award of an ocean transportation contract to a competitor.  The contract was for critical service to the Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  The court had enjoined the performance of that contract, and the agency awarded the contract to TransAtlantic Lines in the reprocurement.