News: Kvichak Marine Delivers RB-M Prototype

Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Kvichak Marine Industries, of Seattle, Wash., recently delivered a 45 ft. Response Boat - Medium (RB-M) prototype to the United States Coast Guard (USCG).

Kvichak teamed with Marinette Marine Corporation, a member of the Manitowoc Marine Group, in a competitive bid process for the RB-M. Marinette serves as the prime contractor and program manager of the prototype project and Kvichak as the builder. Two other companies were also chosen to construct prototypes. All three vessels are currently undergoing extensive sea trials and evaluations, at the USCG base in Portsmouth, Va. The review process will last for two to three months.

Upon completion of testing, the USCG intends to award a contract to one company for a fleet of approximately 180 RB-M vessels to replace its aging fleet of 41 ft. utility boats. The six-year contract is expected to be awarded in 2004. If chosen for the contract, Kvichak and Marinette will share the vessel construction over the six-year construction time.

Power is provided by twin Detroit Diesel 60 series engines rated for 825 bhp each and Kamewa FF375S waterjets were chosen as the propulsors. This combination allows for excellent maneuverability and a top speed exceeding 45 knots. It is the only vessel on trials that is self-righting in all conditions. The vessel also uses an innovative cruise generator, the AuraGen Viper manufactured by Aura Systems to provide AC / DC power. Each of the AuraGens driven by the twin Detroit Diesels can provide 8 kW of high quality power from engine idle to full rpm, continuously, with no scheduled maintenance, yet are significantly more compact and lighter than standard generator/inverter/alternator combinations. The USCG's choice to standardize its RB-M fleet creates a safer, more efficient, and more cost effective way for the USCG to operate and maintain its vessels due to standardized systems, improved maintenance, and logistics support capabilities.

The RB-M will be multi-mission capable and primary missions will be homeland security and search-and-rescue. "Kvichak and Marinette have offered a technologically advanced vessel for evaluation, which we feel offers the best value." said Craig Miller of Kvichak. "Once evaluations are complete, we believe the USCG will choose our vessel to serve at the forefront of their intended missions."

Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter February 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Maritime Security

DARPA All Set To Launch Submarine Hunting Drone

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will launch in April a sleek, 132-foot warship from Portland, OR, testing its abilities over a succeeding period of 18 months.

All-Women Crew Indian Navy Ship Enters Chennai Port

The Indian Navy said on Saturday that its sailing vessel Mhadei, having an all-women crew of naval officers, has entered the Chennai Port.    The vessel which had left Visakhapatnam on February 9,

NATO Ships Arrive in Batumi

This morning, four NATO ships assigned to Standing NATO Mine Counter-Measures Group TWO (SNMCMG2) arrived in Batumi, Georgia for a scheduled visit in an effort

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0673 sec (15 req/sec)