Gretna-based Pacific-Gulf Marine has been awarded two four-year contracts worth $96 million to manage six ships for the U.S. Maritime Administration.

Of the six ships, three are ported in the San Francisco Bay area and three in Newport News, Virginia, the company said.

The ships are part of MARAD’s fleet in the Ready Reserve Force program, which includes ships maintained by commercial operators that can be activated militarily with notice from the U.S. Defense Department.

Established in 1976, Pacific-Gulf Marine is a privately-held marine operating and ship management firm that serves commercial and governmental accounts on an international and domestic basis.