Gulf Island Shipyards LLC is being awarded a contract for the detail design and construction of the Towing, Salvage and Rescue Ship (T-ATS) for the U.S. Navy.
The firm-fixed-price and fixed-price with economic price adjustment contract is worth around $63.5 million and was awarded by the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) located in Washington, District of Columbia. Fiscal 2016 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funding for the amount will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
This contract includes options for seven additional vessels which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to around $522.7 million.
The T-ATS will operate as the primary open ocean towing vessel for the U. S. Navy, and will have salvage operations and submarine rescue mission support capabilities. The T-ATS will be based on existing commercial towing offshore vessel designs which provide similar capabilities to those needed for U.S. Navy operations.
The vessel will be capable of performing towing, deep ocean search and recovery, mobile diving and salvage unit-embarked operations, submarine rescue vessel of opportunity, oil spill response, and humanitarian assistance.
The T-ATS Class will replace two different classes of vessels in the Navy: The Safeguard-class of Salvage and Rescue Ship (T-ARS) and the Powhatan-class Fleet Ocean Tug (T-ATF). The two T-ARSs in the fleet, the USNS Grasp and USNS Salvor are operated by the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC) to provide towing, salvage, firefighting, diving, and heavy lift capability to the fleet.
The contract work will be performed in Houma, Louisiana (92 percent); Hampton, Virginia (5 percent); Stord, Norway (2 percent); and New Orleans, Louisiana (1 percent), and is expected to be completed by September 2020.