“Coast Guard releases request for information for boats to support waterways commerce cutters” –CG-9

Shown above are Coast Guard indicative designs of a river buoy tender, inland construction tender and inland buoy tender.

The Coast Guard seems to be taking a real interest in new boats recently. This from the Acquisitions Directorate (CG-9).

The boats are expected to be a maximum of 21’6″ length over all and powered by two outboards

Coast Guard releases request for information for boats to support waterways commerce cutters

The Coast Guard released a request for information (RFI) on Sept. 29 to gather information about state-of-the-market and current industrial capabilities to support cutter boats for the waterways commerce cutter (WCC).

A single-design cutter boat is needed to support the 30 new WCCs. The WCC fleet will consist of river buoy, inland construction and inland buoy tenders. The Coast Guard intends to outfit each river buoy tender with two cutter boats and each inland construction tender and inland buoy tender with one cutter boat, totaling up to 56 cutter boats including spare hulls, over approximately 10 years.

The Coast Guard is seeking information about domestic firms’ capabilities and experience in designing and building boats that meet the top-level WCC cutter boat requirements provided in the RFI.

The full RFI is available here. Responses are due at 11 a.m. Eastern time Nov. 1, 2021.

For more information: Waterways Commerce Cutter Program page

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