Second Sentinel-Class Cutter Contract Option Awarded

Friday, September 17, 2010
The lead Sentinel-class FRC, the Bernard C. Webber, under construction at Bollinger Shipyards. U.S.Coast Guard Photo

The Coast Guard awarded a $166.1m contract option to Bollinger Shipyards of Lockport, La., on September 14 to begin production of four Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutters (FRCs).  This option award brings the total number of FRCs under contract with Bollinger to eight with a current contract value of $410.7 million.  The current FRC contract contains options for up to 34 cutters and is worth up to $1.5 billion if all options are exercised.

In September 2008, the Coast Guard awarded Bollinger an $88m production contract for the lead FRC.   That ship, named the Bernard C. Webber, is approximately 70% complete and expected to be delivered to the Coast Guard in the third quarter of fiscal year 2011.  The Bernard C. Webber will be homeported in Miami, Fla., supporting vital law enforcement and national security missions throughout the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico.   

This first contract option, for construction of three more FRCs, was awarded to Bollinger in December 2009; those ships are currently under construction at Bollinger’s shipbuilding facility in Lockport.  The second FRC is approximately 40% complete; FRCs three and four are 15% and 1% complete, respectively.

The Sentinel-class will eventually replace the Coast Guard’s Island-class 110-ft patrol boat.  The FRC uses a proven, in-service parent craft design based on the Damen Stan Patrol 4708.  It has a required flank speed of 28 knots and will be armed with one stabilized, remotely-operated 25mm chain gun and four crew-served .50 caliber machine guns.  Other requirements include the ability to perform independently for a minimum of five days at sea and capable of underway operations for a minimum of 2,500 hours per year.  It will use state-of-the-market command, control, communications and computer technology that will be interoperable with the Coast Guard’s existing and future assets, as well as Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense assets.  The cutter will also meet American Bureau of Shipping design, build and class standards.  The Coast Guard plans to build 58 FRCs. 

Maritime Reporter March 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Contracts

Shipping Turns From Banks to Equity Markets for Cash

Shipping companies are turning to equity markets to fill a growing funding gap, betting that investors hungry for decent returns will provide capital to a sector

Keel-Laid for Navy's 10th LCS at Austal Yard

The Navy and Austal USA held a keel-laying ceremony for the future 'USS Gabrielle Giffords', the Navy's 10th littoral combat ship (LCS), in Mobile, Ala., informs

Havyard to Build Hybrid Battery Arctic PSV

Norway's Havyard says it has signed a contract for the construction of a Havyard 833 WE ICE platform supply vessel with Fafnir Offshore HF. The vessel is to be

Shipbuilding

RS at SEA JAPAN 2014

Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) was the only Russian company to take part in SEA JAPAN 2014 exhibition and conference – one of the major exhibitions of the maritime industry.

Reports: Brazilian Tycoon Batista Investigated For Financial Crimes

Brazils federal police have opened an investigation into former billionaire Eike Batista for financial crimes, including insider trading, manipulation of markets and money laundering,

Shipping Turns From Banks to Equity Markets for Cash

Shipping companies are turning to equity markets to fill a growing funding gap, betting that investors hungry for decent returns will provide capital to a sector

Coast Guard

Coast Guard tactical air squadron holds change of command ceremony

Capt. Kevin P. Gavin relieved Capt. Donna L. Cottrell as commanding officer of Coast Guard Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron Jacksonville during a change of command ceremony at HITRON Friday.

Homeland Security Secretary Visits Ingalls Shipbuilding

Huntington Ingalls Industries' Ingalls Shipbuilding division apprises it has hosted a visit by Secretary of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and U.S. Rep.

Stranded Virginia Beach Bulker Salvage Plan Set

The Coast Guard advises it is in the final stages of reviewing a salvage plan that is scheduled to begin Friday morning to move the 751-foot bulk carrier, 'Ornak',

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Ship Repair Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
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: 0.1881 sec (5 req/sec)