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Deepwater Fast-Response Cutter Reaches Milestone

The U.S. Coast Guard's, 140-ft. fast-response cutter has reached a systems requirements milestone resulting in the ship being one step closer to construction commencement. The fast-response cutter is being built by Integrated Coast Guard Systems (ICGS), a joint venture between Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), under the Integrated Deepwater System Program. The purpose of the systems requirements review was to present the ship concept to the Coast Guard and to confirm the customer requirements have been sufficiently developed, so the ICGS team can proceed to design development. The new cutter has been developed to meet post-Sept. 11 mission requirements. The new composite-hulled craft, to be manufactured at Northrop Grumman's Gulfport, Miss., composites center, will have a 40-year hull-life. The cutter will be interoperable with other Deepwater assets and will operate at 30+ knots, providing exceptional response and reaction capability. Typical missions will include near-shore fisheries patrol, migrant and drug interdiction, barrier patrols and augmenting patrols in areas of concern. "We are facing very aggressive schedule goals for this program," said Mike Duthu, Northrop Grumman Fast-Response Cutter program manager. "To meet specific homeland security defense needs, the program has been accelerated by nearly 10 years from what was originally proposed at the time of contract award in June 2002. During


Coast Guard to Acquire 6 More Sentinel-class Boats

Sentinel-class FRC: Photo courtesy of USCG

The Coast Guard has received approval to move forward on the production and eventual deployment of up to 30 fast response cutters (FRC). The decision means the Coast Guard may continue to acquire the FRC as the budget allows and that new plans are in place to support new cutters as they are commissioned. Seven FRCs have been delivered to the Coast Guard, to date, beginning in 2011 and six are commissioned


2nd Fast Response Cutter Launched

Photo courtesy of Bollinger Shipyards

Vessel named for Coast Guard hero Richard Etheridge.   The U.S. Coast Guard’s second, 154-foot Fast Response Cutter, the Richard Etheridge, was launched at Bollinger Shipyards in Lockport, La., Thursday, marking a significant milestone in the Coast Guard’s acquisition of the Sentinel- class patrol boats. While in the water, the cutter will undergo a series of tests and evaluations prior to its planned delivery early next year


Contract Option Awarded for Four More Fast Response Cutters

The lead Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter, the Bernard C. Webber, enters the water for the first time on April 21. The cutter’s mast was installed a little over a week after the launch. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Fast Response Cutter under construction. The Coast Guard awarded a $179.7 million contract option to Bollinger Shipyards of Lockport, La., September 22 for the production of four more Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutters (FRCs).  This option award brings the total number of FRCs under contract with Bollinger to twelve, with a current contract value of $597 million.  The current FRC contract contains options for up to 34 cutters and is worth up to $1


Bollinger Issues Statement on Fast Response Cutters (FRC) Award

Executive Vice President Chris Bollinger

Statement from Bollinger Shipyards, Inc, Executive Vice President, Chris Bollinger:   “The Bollinger organization is very pleased that the U. S. Coast Guard has awarded four additional Fast Response Cutters (FRC) to our on-going contract.   This follow-on award will result in an extension of our backlog for several years, and provide jobs for over 500 Bollinger employees.  This award reflects the Coast Guard’s continued confidence in the quality products


Fugro Chance Tackles Noisy Acoustic Metrology Project

Photo: Fugro Chance

Fugro Chance Inc. provided 3D acoustic metrology on a large 36-inch diameter spool piece, despite environmental and logistical challenges. The highly accurate metrology was performed from a platform in Enlace Litoral Tabasco, Gulf of Mexico at a water depth of 25 meters. Active lines from the platform created a noisy auditory environment and the shallow water depth provided additional challenges in the long baseline (LBL) acoustic operations


Rolls-Royce and Kellogg Brown & Root Sign Contract with Australian DoD

A Rolls-Royce and Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR) team has signed a contract with the Australian Department of Defense worth more than $39m. The contract covers four Royal Australian Navy amphibious and afloat support ships for seven years with options for a further five. The Rolls-Royce and KBR team will reduce DoD ship costs through improved logistics management, total ship maintenance, faster response to day-to-day engineering issues and managing equipment obsolescence.


Marinette Challenges Coast Guard Award

Marinette Marine is challenging the U.S. Coast Guard's choice of Bollinger Shipyards to build the Fast Response Cutters.  Marinette's protest was filed with the GAO, which is required to issue a ruling within 100 days.  Marinette was one of three reported finalists in the competition to build the FRC. On September 26, the Coast Guard tapped Bollinger to build the new Sentinel-class cutters, which is based on a Damen design


Hydrex Completes In-situ Repair Job

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The Hydrex office in Algeciras is ready to mobilize immediately with their two dedicated dive support catamarans. Both vessels are fully equipped as service stations for a wide range of repair operations. The ideal location of the office allows for a fast response in the bay of Algeciras, Gibraltar and North African ports.   As part of the Hydrex group, Hydrex Spain takes advantage of the companies’ 37 years of experience


First USCG Sentinel Fast Response Cutter Launched

Photo courtesy Bollinger Shipyards

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. announced the successful launch of the first in class USCG “Sentinel” Fast Response Cutter (FRC), Bernard C. Webber from its Lockport facility. The announcement was made by Bollinger executive vice president of new construction, Chris Bollinger, “We are pleased to announce the successful launch of the lead “Sentinel” Class Fast Response Cutter, Bernard C. Webber


USCG: The Fleet Faces Forward

USCG Cutter Sapelo and the Royal Netherlands Navy Offshore Patrol Vessel HNLMS Holland search Caribbean Sea waters for bales of contraband jettisoned by Dominican drug smugglers.

Coast Guard Replacing Aging Ships with 91 New Cutters The numerous cutters and craft of the U.S. Coast Guard —from the sail training ship Eagle to the large oceangoing patrol ships; from polar icebrakers to small utility boats — form a formidable fleet to meet the many challenging


Omega Debuts Compact RTD Temperature Sensors

Image: Omega

Omega’s new RTDM12 series of compact RTD temperature sensors are extremely rugged with a molded (IP67) 4-pin connector with M12 male thread and a fast response time. This RTD plug is suited for pressure vessel applications, pressurized containers and applications requiring a temperature


SAFE Boats Delivers Cutter Boat for USCG Arctic Operations

POLAR cutter boat: Photo SBI

Bremerton, WA., aluminium boat builder SAFE Boats International (SBI) informs that it has delivered the cutter boat 'Over the Horizon IV' (CB-OTH-IV) POLAR to the 420-foot Ice Breaker, USCG Cutter Healy. The CB-OTH-IV POLAR has a modified outfit package different from the standard 26-foot


Bollinger Delivers 9th USCG Fast Response Cutter

USCGC Kathleen Moore (Photo: Bollinger)

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. has delivered the Kathleen Moore, the ninth Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the United States Coast Guard. Bollinger President, Chris Bollinger announced the successful delivery of the USCGC Kathleen Moore to the 7th Coast Guard District in Key West, Fla


Raising the Bar for Drilling Risers

The oil and gas industry innovates to exploit hydrocarbon resources in harsh environments or locations where access is difficult. In recent years, the focus of these operational challenges has been on dealing with higher operating pressures and deeper water


Coast Guard OPC Sweepstakes Narrowed to Three Yards

File photo: U.S. Coast Guard Commandant ADM Robert Papp

Acquisition Update: U.S. Coast Guard Awards Three Contracts for Offshore Patrol Cutter Preliminary and Contract Design. In a process that has come a long way since the early days of the Coast Guard's so-called "Deepwater" recapitalization efforts, the U.S


Bollinger Advances in $10 Billion OPC Program

Chris Bollinger, President of Bollinger Shipyards

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. was notified yesterday by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) that Bollinger is one of three companies selected for award of Phase I for the Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) program. Chris Bollinger, President of Bollinger Shipyards provided remarks today after receiving


MTU Series 4000 Engines ABS NVR Certified

Norbert Veser (MTU), Robert Ballard (ABS), Henner Wolf (MTU), Knut Mueller (MTU), Steven Urwiller (ABS), Dagobert Heß (MTU).

Diesel engines earn certification by American Bureau of Shipping following stringent testing As the first engines in its power class the MTU Series 4000 was recently awarded Naval Vessel Rules (NVR) certification by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)


Cranston Eagle Hooks USCG Approved

Photo: Cranston Eagle

Cranston Eagle received approval from the United States Coast Guard for the certification of its new DPR-506-CBH marine off-load hook under the approval number 160.133/77/0. This new, fall-mounted hook is rated at 5,000 kg safe working load (5 metric tons) and bolsters Cranston Eagle's line of


Bollinger Shipyards Name Richardel V-P & GM of BMF

Daniel “Danny” Richardel: Photo courtesy of Bollinger Shipyards Inc.

Bollinger Shipyards announce that Daniel “Danny” Richardel has been named Vice President-General Manager of Bollinger Marine Fabricators, Amelia, Louisiana.    Ben Bordelon, Bollinger’s Chief Operating Officer said: “Danny has been an integral component of


Richardel Named VP at Bollinger

Danny Richardel

Bollinger Shipyards announces that Daniel “Danny” Richardel has been named Vice President-General Manager of Bollinger Marine Fabricators, Amelia, Louisiana.    Ben Bordelon, Bollinger’s Chief Operating Officer made the announcement, stating


Papp Delivers Final State of the Coast Guard Address

File photo: ADM Bob Papp, U.S. Coast Guard Commandant

U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp delivered his final State of the Coast Guard address at Coast Guard Headquarters, St. Elizabeths Campus, Washington, D.C., Wednesday. Papp provided an overview of programs and issues of the last four years and also looked ahead to what the Coast Guard


On Patrol with the U.S. Coast Guard

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Building programs continue, spanning the full range of missions, despite budget concerns. Amidst all the talk of Beltway budget cutbacks and sequestration, the U.S. Coast Guard is quietly investing approximately $30 billion in major acquisition projects to modernize its physical assets


Fully Loaded Container Barge Ablaze Off Bahamas

Container barge fire: Image credit USCG

The US Coast Guard inform that search and rescue personnel at the District Seven Command Center in Miami are coordinating fire-fighting efforts on a towed 730-foot barge loaded with containers on fire about 86-miles northeast of Nassau, Bahamas.


Coast Guard's Eighth FRC Enters Service

The cutter’s command group, (left to right) Petty Officer 1st Class Nicole Thomas, first officer of the deck, Lt. j.g. Graham Sherman, executive officer, and Lt. Kevin Connell, commanding officer, were on hand to bring the ship to life. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Sabrina Laberdesque)

Coast Guard Cutter Charles Sexton was commissioned into service March 8 at Coast Guard Sector Key West, Fla. The Sexton is the second of six Fast Response Cutters to be homeported in Key West, and the eighth vessel to be delivered through the Coast Guard’s Sentinel-class FRC recapitalization


 
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