MacGregor to Equip USCG Polar Security Cutter

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

March 3, 2020

(Image: VT Halter Marine / Designer: Technology Associates, Inc.)

(Image: VT Halter Marine / Designer: Technology Associates, Inc.)

Marine equipment supplier MacGregor said it has received an order from shipbuilder VT Halter Marine to supply deck machinery and cargo handling equipment to the U.S. Coast Guard Polar Security Cutter (PSC) program. The order is booked into Cargotec’s fourth quarter 2019 order intake, with delivery planned to take place in the third quarter of 2021.

According to MacGregor, the Scope of supply comprises anchor windlass, mooring winches and capstans, main towing winch, offshore cranes, oceanographic winch, hanger overhead crane and cargo access equipment. The contract also provides for two further options for delivery to a second PSC in 2025, and third vessel in late 2027, the company said.

“We are delighted to have been selected to supply the deck machinery and cargo handling solution for the Polar Security Cutter program, with this important contract being testimony to MacGregor’s extensive experience in supplying polar icebreakers globally and our leading position in the supply and support of such solutions for naval logistic vessels,” said Leif Byström, Head of Offshore Solutions Division, MacGregor, part of Cargotec.

The Polar Security Cutter program is planned to replace the Coast Guard's existing fleet of icebreakers. The new fleet will allow the USCG to perform missions in the Arctic region, including defense and readiness operations, research assignments, search, rescue and logistic support and vessel escort.

The PSC will provide accommodation for 186 crew, scientists and others as part of the mission packages, with a capability to break through two meters of ice and operate for 80 days without replenishment.

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