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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


Cutter Vigorous Arrives at New Home Port

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by 2nd Class Walter Shinn)

Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous marked its official arrival at its new homeport at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Virginia Beach, Friday. Vigorous is the first of two Medium Endurance Cutters from Cape May, New Jersey to be relocated to Little Creek. The Coast Guard Cutter Dependable is scheduled to arrive in 2015. “Cape May was a wonderful home for Vigorous over the past 21 years and we thank the community for its steadfast support,” said Cmdr


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


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


Schottel Optimizes Training With Simulator

Image: Courtesy Schottel

Since autumn 2014 customers can exercise their handling and knowledge of SCHOTTEL propulsion systems in the SCHOTTEL Academy by using a training simulator.   Academy participants are seated as if on the bridge of a real vessel and learn how to deal safely with the different SCHOTTEL


Volvo Penta Enters New Distribution Center

Ron Huibers

New logistics center aims to speed delivery times across North America Volvo Penta announced the opening of the new Volvo Group Central Parts Distribution Center in Byhalia, Mississippi, in a move to optimize delivery performance and efficiency for dealers and OEM customers in North America.


CMM Orders Five OSRVs for Petrobras Work

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Compagnie Maritime Monégasque SAM (CMM) has secured contracts with Petrobras Brazil to charter five newbuild fast oil spill response vessels (OSRVs) with a new fuel-efficient Damen axe-bow design. CMM has secured contracts with Petrobras to charter five newbuild fast oil spill response


7 Rescued from Sinking Freighter Near Haiti

7 Saved from Sinking freighter

   Seven crewmembers were rescued after their 100-foot coastal freighter began taking on water and sank approximately 45 miles north off of Cap Haitien, Haiti, Friday.   Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 7th District command center in Miami received a report from a tug stating


Underwater Repairs Keep 400m Containership in the Water

Hydrex on-site, making preparations for operation on 400-meter container vessel.

At the end of June, a Hydrex team replaced the three leaking bow thruster shaft seals of a 400-meter container ship in Gdansk, Poland. The operation was performed on-site and underwater using the company’s flexible mobdocks. The vessel was able to continue its commercial activities without


Sunken WW II Ship Oil Leak Plugged

Photo courtesy of Atlantic Coast Marine Group

Atlantic Coast Marine Group, Inc. successfully responds to World War II era motor tanker leaking massive cargo of oil into the Atlantic Ocean's waters. Beaufort, North Carolina-based Atlantic Coast Marine Group, Inc. (ACMG), a marine salvage, emergency towing and environmental services provider


Bollinger to Build 6 More FRCs for the USCG

A Bollinger-built Fast Response Cutter underway on sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico (Photo courtesy of Bollinger)

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., Lockport, Louisiana, announced the award of six additional USCG Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutters (FRCs). The U. S. Coast Guard (USCG) awarded a $255 million contract option to Bollinger Shipyards of Lockport, La


Emergency On-site Repairs Keeps Vessel Sailing

Photo courtesy of Hydrex

Hydrex offers fast on-site repairs in emergency situations. Its fast response team are ready to mobilize immediately to locations around the world for a wide range of operations.   There are many events that can stop a ship from sailing


USCG Rescues 164 Migrants in a Week

Crewmembers of the Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark rescued 100 Haitian migrants from a grossly overloaded sail freighter in Bahamian waters and safely embarked them onto the cutter on August 11, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard Photo

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) rescued 64 Cuban migrants and 100 Haitian migrants during a busy week of illegal maritime migration attempts from Cuba and Haiti into the United States. The 64 Cuban migrants were repatriated last week following three separate interdictions at sea in the Florida


400 Migrants Rescued by USCG & RBDF

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  Coast Guard crews and Royal Bahamian Defence Force (RBDF) rescued more than 400 Haitians illegally migrating in three separate at sea interdictions in the span of 11 days. Monday, an aircrew aboard a Coast Guard C-130 aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater located a 40-foot


Gladding-Hearn Delivers Fast Response Boat

Photo courtesy of Gladding-Hearn

Gladding-Hearn Delivers First Fast Response Boat in North America with Firefighting Capability and Volvo Penta’s Dynamic Positioning System Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation, has delivered the first multi-purpose, fast response pilot boat in North America with firefighting


USCG Suspends Search for Downed Aircraft near Jamaica

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  The Coast Guard suspended their search Sunday at approximately 11 a.m. for two possible survivors of a plane in the water 14 miles north of Port Antonio, Jamaica, Friday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard 7th District command center in Miami received a call from U.S. Northern Command at 11 a


USCG Rescues Fisherman off Massachusetts

USCG photo

A fisherman was rescued by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) after his 40-foot fishing vessel became caught in the surf on the Chatham Bar in Chatham, Massachusetts, Wednesday.  USCG Watchstanders at Sector Southeast New England received a notification from a good Samaritan informing


USCG Repatriates Cuban Boat Migrants

The Cutter Dauntless smallboat crew inspects a rustic vessel used by 20 Cuban migrants south of Dry Tortugas, Florida, Sep. 6, 2014. The migrants were later repatriated by the crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Knight Island. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Cutter Knight Island repatriated 45 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Wednesday. These repatriations are a result of two separate interdictions of people attempting to illegally migrate to the United States through the Florida Straits.


USCG Suspends Search for the 2 Migrants

In total, 11 lives were saved by Coast Guard and partner agency rescue crews. Search and rescue crews completed 27 search patterns covering approximately 3,145 square miles over a 55 hour period.

  The Coast Guard suspended its search Wednesday at 3 p.m. for two missing Cuban migrants in the vicinity of Caesar Creek, Florida, to Haulover Inlet, Florida.   "Our Coast Guard men and women worked tirelessly looking for the two missing Cuban migrants; however






 
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