“Coast Guard Awards Nine Contracts for Offshore Patrol Cutter Industry Studies” –CG-9

Interest in building follow-on Offshore Patrol Cutters is definitely alive and well. The Acquisitions Directorate, CG-9, has issued nine contracts for industry studies. All these contracts went to shipbuilder. I have reproduced their report below. Hopefully this will lead to a better and more producible design. 

The Coast Guard announced the award of nine Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) industry studies contracts March 20, 2020. These awards support the Coast Guard’s strategy to mitigate OPC program risk and complete the program of record by establishing a new, fair and open competitive environment to complete the OPC program of record. Industry studies contracts were awarded to:

  • Austal USA, LLC of Mobile, Alabama: $2.0 million base award ($3.0 million total potential value)
  • Bath Iron Works of Bath, Maine: $2.0 million base award ($3.0 million total potential value)
  • Bollinger Shipyards Lockport LLC of Lockport, Louisiana: $2.0 million base award ($3.0 million potential value)
  • Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. of Panama City, Florida: $1.1 million base award ($1.2 million potential value)
  • Fincantieri Marinette Marine of Marinette, Wisconsin: $2.0 million base award ($3.0 million total potential value)
  • General Dynamics/NASSCO of San Diego, California: $2.0 million base award ($3.0 million total potential value)
  • Huntington Ingalls, Inc. of Pascagoula, Mississippi: $2.0 million base award ($3.0 million total potential value)
  • Philly Shipyard, Inc. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: $2.0 million base award ($3.0 million total potential value)
  • VT Halter Marine Inc. of Pascagoula, Mississippi: $2.0 million base award ($2.9 million total potential value)

Under their respective contracts, the awardees will assess OPC design and technical data, provided by the Coast Guard, and the program’s construction approach. Based on their analyses, the awardees will recommend to the Coast Guard potential strategies and approaches for the follow-on detail design and construction (DD&C). The awardees will also discuss how they would prepare the OPC functional design for production. The awardees may also identify possible design or systems revisions that would be advantageous to the program if implemented, with strategies to ensure those revisions are properly managed.

The Coast Guard will use the industry studies results to further inform its follow-on acquisition strategy and promote a robust competitive environment for the DD&C award. Participation in industry studies is not a pre-requisite for submitting a DD&C proposal.

The OPCs will replace the service’s aging medium endurance cutters, which are becoming increasingly expensive to maintain and operate. The OPCs will bridge the capabilities of the national security cutters, which patrol the open ocean, and the fast response cutters, which serve closer to shore.

The current OPC DD&C contract is for up to four hulls. The contract was adjusted as part of a request made by the incumbent, Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG), for extraordinary relief under the authority of Public Law 85-804 was granted by the Department of Homeland Security. The request was a result of devastation caused when Hurricane Michael – a Category 5 storm – made landfall in Panama City, Florida, on October 10, 2018. Hurricane Michael caused extensive damage to the ESG’s shipyard and the Panama City region.

For more information: Offshore Patrol Cutter program page

9 thoughts on ““Coast Guard Awards Nine Contracts for Offshore Patrol Cutter Industry Studies” –CG-9

  1. I heard that MAN of Germany lost the Propulsion Contract to supply the Diesels for the OPC, and Rolls-Royce won the contract. And that Fairbanks-Morse is going to manufacture the MTU Diesels at their Beloit, Wisconsin manufacturing facilities…

    • MTU (a division of Rolls-Royce, won the contract for the steering and propeller gear, as well as the 4 MTU 12V400 Diesel generators, used for power generation and loiter capability. MAN won the propulsion contract for 2 7,280 kW (9,760 hp) MAN 16V28/33D STC diesel engines. Fairbanks Morse is a licensee of MAN, and will build the MAN engines in WI.

      • The only one I might question is Bollinger. My guess is Austal will really be partnering with BAE Mobile to get the Steel.

      • I know that Rolls-Royce owns MTU Marine Diesels, but find in interesting that Fairbanks-Morse is actually producing them. Instead of MTU Diesel of America which is in Novi, Michigan

    • I think it’s just supporting the shipbuilding industrial base as to why 8 other yards got these contracts for $2M each.

      There’s no way that Austal USA is going to get a contract from the USCG, unless they’re ready to add steel shipbuilding to their US portfolio.

      Bath Iron Works was also a finalist in the OPC program. With geographical dispersion, and IF they lose out on the FFG(X) program, they could be a contender as an alternate yard.

      Bollinger is winding down construction of the FRC, and was an original finalist for the OPC, but they’re in the same high-risk (from a hurricane perspective) geographical area as Eastern Shipbuilding. BUT, they have extensive experience with the USCG, so that puts them at a distinct advantage.

      Fincantieri Marinette Marine is also a candidate in the FFG(X) program. IF they win, they would not have the capacity for 4 Saudi MMS, the FFG(X), AND the USCG OPC cutters. Just not enough yard space, AND they’re hemmed in during winter, slowing down launches, though they are building covered bays now.

      General Dynamics/NASSCO of San Diego, California is interesting. Surely they know how to build. This could be an interesting entry point for them in terms of warship construction, and they do have the yard space to do both OPCs and auxiliaries, but this would be a longshot. But hey, so was ESG!

      Huntington Ingalls, Inc. of Pascagoula, Mississippi, another finalist in the FFG(X) program, is already familiar with the USCG having built (or building) all 11 NSC. They could easily transition from NSC to OPC, and utilize many of the components of the NSC to make this an affordable submission. I would NOT be surprised with an award here.

      Philly Shipyard, Inc. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is another yard with 0 warship capability. Unlikely to be able to gear up and win this now. Again, commercial subsidy is the way I see this.

      VT Halter already has the contract for the PSC, so again, don’t think there’s any way they can handle both the 3 PSC and follow-on icebreakers AND the OPC.

      My bottom line analysis – once the dust settles with the FFG(X) program, we’ll have a much better idea of who, if anyone, will get a contract for what is in essence a Flight II OPC contract. In my opinion, Austal, Fincantieri, Philly and VT Halter will be out, or should be out now, leaving Bath, Bollinger, NASSCO, and Ingalls as the likely choices. And if Bath wins the FFG(X) contract, they’d be out too.

      This will be interesting.

  2. This is a comment on an earlier post from about four years ago:

    Fairbanks Morse has announced that their diesel engines will be used in the Offshore Patrol Cutter. Each OPC will be powered by two FM-MAN 16V 28/33D diesel engines, each rated at 9763 bhp (7.28 MW) at 1000 rpm.
    MAN 16V 28/33D specs:

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