The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) released a request for information (RFI) on Feb. 14, 2018 to gather information about the state of the market and current industrial capabilities to support its statutory mission to establish, maintain, and operate maritime aids to navigation in U.S. waterways.
The RFI does not presume a specific strategy or solution to maintain the Coast Guard’s inland aids to navigation mission and capability. Responses to the RFI will inform the service’s alternatives analysis, which will explore several alternatives to determine the most efficient way to meet the mission need.
The deadline to submit responses is March 15 at 1 p.m. EDT. The RFI is available here.
The USCG has begun to examine options for replacing the capability provided by its inland cutter fleet late last year, which supports the Coast Guard’s aids to navigation (ATON) mission in federal inland waterways.
The Marine Transportation System accounts for more than $4.6 trillion in U.S. economic activity; inland ports and waterways are critical to the success of the overall system. The inland cutter fleet possesses the unique capability to establish, maintain and operate inland ATON to support the safe and efficient flow of this activity along U.S. rivers, lakes, intracoastal waterways, and harbors.
Aids to Navigation Boat
The U.S. Coast Guard maintains roughly 145 Aids to Navigation Boats. These boats were designed primarily to serve within the inland waters of the United States. These vessels include TANB/BUSL/ANB/ANB ranging from 16 to 55 feet in length.
Most Aids to Navigation Boats of the U.S. Coast Guard are stationed with Aids to Navigation Teams (ANT). These are teams of Boatswain’s mates, Machinery Technicians, Electrician’s mates, and non-rated personnel that service small buoys, jetty lights and light houses.