The U.S. Coast Guard released a request for information Feb. 14 to gather information about the state of the market and current industrial capabilities to support pile-driving systems for the Waterways Commerce Cutter (WCC) Program.
The deadline to submit responses is March 7 at 12 p.m. EST.
The Coast Guard’s inland tender fleet comprises three main cutter types – inland construction tender, river buoy tender and inland buoy tender.
The Coast Guard’s current inland tender fleet consists of 35 ships that support the service’s aids to navigation (ATON) mission in federal inland waterways. These tenders play a vital role in directing the traffic of the nation’s Marine Transportation System and support the U.S. economy by enabling the efficient flow of goods nationwide. The fleet is responsible for maintaining more than 28,200 marine aids throughout 12,000 miles of inland waterways, which move 630 million tons of cargo annually.
The inland tenders can also perform missions such as search and rescue; ports, waterways and coastal security; marine safety; and marine environmental protection, enabling them to quickly and effectively respond to emergencies such as environmental incidents and severe weather events.
The WCC Program is recapitalizing the Coast Guard’s inventory of inland cutters. The fleet consists of nine classes and subclasses. Vital operations for the WCC mission set consist of river buoy tending, pile driving and extraction, tower construction and large buoy operations.