The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) awarded a firm-fixed price indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract on Aug. 30, to MetalCraft Marine U.S. Inc. for a fleet of cutter boats-large (CB-L).
The contract has a maximum value of $20 million and allows for the acquisition of more boats over an ordering period of five years. The initial delivery order for two CB-Ls, trailers, delivery, training and associated logistics documentation was placed for approximately $590,000.
The CB-Ls will replace the current fleet of 36 24-foot cutter boats that currently operate aboard the USCG’s 210-foot medium endurance cutters (WMEC), 225-foot seagoing buoy tenders (WLB), and Coast Guard cutters, USCGC Alex Haley (WMEC-39) and USCGC Mackinaw (WLBB-30). The boats will support operations on the East, West, and Gulf Coasts, as well as in Hawaii, Guam and Alaska.
“We are very excited about getting this asset out to the fleet,” said Cmdr. David Obermeier, deputy program manager for boats acquisition. “A single boat class for multiple cutter classes will provide enhanced operational flexibility.”
The request for proposal (RFP) for design, construction and support of a new fleet of cutter boats-large (CB-L) was issued by the Coast Guard on Jan. 16 this year.
Cutter Boats are carried onboard all Coast Guard Cutters, and are typically launched from davits or stern ramps. All cutters have at least one boat.