Eastern Shipbuilding gets go ahead on OPC contract

DAMNED! How I love a good news story…God knows how much we need one these days

Eastern Shipbuilding gets go ahead on OPC contract


The OPC design includes two five-bladed, controllable-pitch propellers and a hangar capable of accommodating one MH-60 or MH-65 helicopter plus one unmanned aerial system Graphic courtesy of Eastern Shipbuilding Group

OCTOBER 6, 2016 —The U.S. Coast Guard moved forward with the offshore patrol cutter acquisition yesterday by issuing a notice to proceed to the detail design and construction phase (Phase II). The notice authorizes the contractor, Eastern Shipbuilding Group Inc. of Panama City, Florida, to begin detail design work.

Interestingly, issuance of the notice to proceed means that neither of the two other finalists for the OPC contract — GD Bath Iron Works and Bollinger Shipyards — filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office within the required 10 days from announcement of the award. In an earlier bidding round, the three finalists could not move ahead with preliminary and contract design (P&CD) until after GAO had rejected protests that had been filed by Huntington Ingalls Industries and VT Halter Marine.

Had BIW or Bollinger filed a protest, the amounts of their bids would have been made public.

The full Phase II award (valued at $110.29 million and with apotential value of $2.38 billion) includes options for production of the lead OPC and up to eight follow-on cutters.The Coast Guard plans to acquire 25 OPCs.

The OPC project resident office (PRO), established earlier this year at the service’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., will move to facilities located at the contractor’s shipyard following their completion this winter. The OPC PRO is staffed with Coast Guard personnel who will oversee construction and provide management of contract execution for the OPC acquisition.

The OPCs will replace the 270-foot and 210-foot medium endurance fleet, which have been in service for 30 to 50 years. The ships will bridge the capabilities between the national security cutter, which patrols the open ocean, and the fast response cutter, which serves closer to shore.

I also love it how for once the USCG told Bollinger to pound sand! Maybe it is because Massa Gary is Joe Boss there nowadays?

Yeah. I was glad to see this. The vessels Eastern built for HOS were stellar in terms of craftsmanship. On time and budget as well. I hope they can replicate those successes with the OPC program. No need for the pork and barrel spending of the typical government yards. Good for the USCG for recognizing that.

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Hope the Navy is paying attention when they have to rethink the LCS program.

I’m relieved to see they chose Eastern over the pork barrel bunglers at the usual gubmint contract yards. Eastern does a fine job and I’ve enjoyed the Eastern boats I’ve worked.

I pray the Navy pulls out of the epic nose dive failure with LCS. Surely the never-ending plant casualties, hull cracks and corrosion, and the clincher, the sight of the burned out aluminum hulk of the former HSV-Swift, will bring them to their senses?

[QUOTE=Slick Cam;191237]I’m relieved to see they chose Eastern over the pork barrel bunglers at the usual gubmint contract yards. Eastern does a fine job and I’ve enjoyed the Eastern boats I’ve worked.

I pray the Navy pulls out of the epic nose dive failure with LCS. Surely the never-ending plant casualties, hull cracks and corrosion, and the clincher, the sight of the burned out aluminum hulk of the former HSV-Swift, will bring them to their senses?[/QUOTE]

They’ll just increase the order from 52 to 104 to account for attrition.

https://coastguardnews.com/coast-guard-exercises-construction-option-for-lead-offshore-patrol-cutter/2018/09/28/

Delivery 2021. Can’t wait to see it.

I agree the HOS 300/310’s built at Eastern were very good. The dredge they built for Weeks was very good too, some of the design was bad, but wasn’t their fault.