Gulf Island Shipyards LLC is awarded a firm-fixed-price contract modification, worth around $129.9 million from the U.S. Navy for the construction of two additional towing, salvage and rescue ships (T-ATS).
In addition to the two more T-ATS ships, this modification also provides for the performance of unique item identification on the T-ATS 6-class program. The contract includes options for associated support efforts related to the ship design and construction for special studies, engineering and industrial services, provisioned items orders, unique item identification and data rights license.
The contract work will be performed in Houma, Louisiana and is expected to be complete by October 2022.
Fiscal 2020 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funding for the modification amount will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The U.S. Department of Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) is the contracting activity (N00024-18-C-2207).
Gulf Island Shipyards was awarded a $64.8 million contract option for the detail design and construction of the new Towing, Salvage and Rescue Ship, which is based on existing commercial towing offshore vessel designs. The first vessel of the class, T-ATS 6, is named USNS Navajo and thus the class is called as Navajo-class.
The new vessels will replace the current T-ATF 166 Powhatan-class fleet ocean tugs and T-ARS 50 class Safeguard-class of salvage and rescue ships in service with the U.S. Military Sealift Command (MSC). The T-ATS will serve as open ocean towing vessels and will additionally support salvage operations and submarine rescue missions.
Navajo-class ships will be capable of towing U.S. Navy ships and will have 6,000 square feet of deck space for embarked systems. The platform will be 263 feet long, have a beam of 59 feet, and can carry a load of nearly 2,000 tons.
The keel laying ceremony for the first T-ATS-6 class vessel, the future USNS Navajo (T-ATS 6), was held in Houma, Louisiana on Oct. 30 last year.