The U.S. Coast Guard released top-level requirements for the inland buoy tender variant of the waterways commerce cutter (WCC) in a special notice on Nov. 6.
The WCC program plans to exhibit and present updates at the International WorkBoat Show in New Orleans Dec. 4-6, 2019. The program will have a booth (No. 347) and provide information about its mission needs, status, and desired fielding schedule during a presentation on Wednesday, Dec. 4 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. CST. A team of program members will be available to meet one-on-one on Dec. 4 with any shipbuilder that has built a ship that satisfies the inland buoy tender requirements or that could meet the requirements with minor modifications to the ship.
The deadline to request a meeting regarding prospective inland buoy tenders is Nov. 18.
U.S. Coast Guard Waterways Commerce. Cutter (WCC) Program
The Coast Guard established the WCC program to replace the capability provided by its current inland tender fleet which includes 18 river buoy tenders (WLR), 13 inland construction tenders (WLIC) and 4 inland buoy tender (WLI).
With the program, the USCG is planning for three classes of monohull vessels, meaning self-propelled cutters instead of tug and barge combinations. The configurations of these classes are expected to be identical except for their hull lengths, bow shapes, working deck layouts and deck equipment, including cranes designed for their mission set.
The WCC program is working under a heavily accelerated program schedule to reach initial operational capability by FY2024 and full operational capability by FY2030.
The program has released seven RFIs – one each in February 2018, June 2018, October 2018, February 2019 and June 2019,as well as Sept. 5, 2019 and Sept. 17, 2019 – to conduct market research and invite industry to comment on creative, effective and affordable solutions.
The Coast Guard released draft specifications for the river buoy tender and inland construction tender variants in a special notice on Oct. 15.