FedBizOpps.gov has published a draft document that gives us a first look at possible specs for the proposed polar icebreaker,
This is different from what we saw on FedBizOpps only a few days ago.
There is a notional Polar Icebreaker Acquisition Schedule that anticipates contract award between Q4 FY 2018 and Q4 FY2019.
Some of the provisions/characteristics I found interesting were:
- Sustained Speed, 15 knots.
- Minimum range of 21,500 nautical miles at 12 kts
- Capable of independently breaking though ice with a thickness ≥ 6 ft (threshold) / ≥ 8 ft (objective) at a continuous speed ≥ 3 kts.
- Capable of independently breaking through ridged ice with a thickness of 21 ft.
- Capable of breaking a single-pass channel to a width of at least 83 ft.
- Three 9 ft x 35 ft buoys including associated buoy mooring equipment.
- Six twenty foot equivalent units (TEU) with a maximum weight of 20 tons each.
- Capable of underway replenishment.
- Weapons limited to four .50 cal. and boarding party weapons.
- Aviation facilities include hangaring two H-60s with blades folded.
- Air-search radar.
- Capacity to tow astern a vessel not exceeding an equivalent displacement to that of the PIB (Polar Icebreaker) (Not an overly ambitious spec,why don’t we just say 20,000 tons or specify bollard pull?–Chuck)
Again we have Bryant’s Maritime Consulting to thank for the link.