The movement of cargo by sea is primarily provided through the private finance initiative (PFI) strategic sealift service. The review of the Ministry of Defence's strategic sealift requirement in autumn 2011, concluded that better value for money would be achieved if the number of vessels contracted as part of this PFI was reduced from six to four. This reduction became effective on
Under the PFI agreement all six vessels are owned and operated by Foreland Shipping. Any reduction in manpower that may result from the decision to reduce the number of vessels is a matter for Foreland Shipping.