Fincantieri Marine Group (FMG) subsidiary, Bay Shipbuilding Company (BSC) of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, has been awarded a USCG contract for drydock repairs to the United States Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock (WLB-21) and a second USCG repair and sustainment contract for the icebreaker Mackinaw (WLBB-30).
Hollyhock is a Juniper Class Seagoing Buoy Tender measuring 225-feet long. The Mackinaw is a 240-foot heavy icebreaker for operations on the Great Lakes. Both ships were built by FMG subsidiary, Marinette Marine Corporation (MMC), and launched in January 2003 and November 2005 respectively. Hollyhock's primary missions are maintenance of aids-to-navigation, as well as search and rescue, environmental protection and ice breaking. Mackinaw is primarily engaged in keeping the sea-lanes clear of ice although it also serves as an aids-to-navigation ship.
“We are extremely pleased with both of these new contracts which are a testament to the very fine work performed by the BSC shipbuilding team over our long association with the United States Coast Guard,” said FMG President and CEO Francesco Valente. “Fincantieri’s recent capital investment in BSC, included the construction of a United States Navy-certified floating drydock, will be instrumental to the repairs.”
In May of 2014, Sturgeon Bay was officially designated “A Coast Guard City.” Sturgeon Bay, which has a 140-year relationship with the Coast Guard and its predecessor services, is now one of 16 cities designated by Congress with that distinction for support shown to the men and women of the Coast Guard.
Fincantieri Marine Group is the U.S. subsidiary of Italian shipbuilder FINCANTIERI S.p.A., which employs nearly 21,000 skilled shipbuilding personnel in 21 yards on four different continents, and has a 200-year history of building more than 7,000 ships.