The US Coast Guard and US Navy, through the integrated program office, have awarded Halter Marine, a subsidiary of ST Engineering, a Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) contract for the second Coast Guard polar security cutter (PSC).
As disclosed, the award is a $552,6 million fixed-price incentive modification to the previously awarded contract to exercise an option for the detail design and construction (DD&C) of the second Coast Guard PSC.
The PSC integrated program office awarded a fixed-price incentive contract for the DD&C of the lead PSC in April 2019. Construction of the lead PSC is scheduled to begin in 2022 with delivery planned for 2025.
In 2021, Halter Marine informed that it was actively preparing for the construction of the first new heavy icebreaker for the US Coast Guard in over 40 years as the upgrades to the launch way area were to be completed last summer.
The initial contract included options for the construction of two additional PSCs which, if exercised, bring the total contract value to $1.9 billion. The second and third vessels are expected to be delivered in 2025 and 2027, respectively.
PSCs are 460 feet long vessels with a beam of 88 feet overall, and a full load displacement of about 33,000 long tons at delivery.
The vessels are a part of the Coast Guard’s intention to recapitalize its polar icebreaker fleet to ensure continued access to both polar regions and support the country’s economic, environmental, maritime and national security interests.
According to the US Coast Guard, PSCs will enable the United States to maintain a presence in the Arctic and Antarctic regions for purposes of defense readiness as well as enforcement of treaties and other laws needed to safeguard both commerce and the environment; providing port, waterway and coastal security; and providing logistical support – including vessel escort.
The program also aims to facilitate the movement of goods and personnel necessary to support scientific research, commerce, national security activities and maritime safety.