Coast Guard looks to future small boat fleet

December 3, 2021

Coast Guard is conducting market research for the replacement of four Special Purpose Heavy Weather Vessels (SPC-HWX). Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Trevor Lilburn

With a fleet of 1,500 operational small boats in 41 types, the Coast Guard is developing long-range plans for a myriad of mission platforms, Cmdr. Carlos Crespo told an audience on Friday at the International WorkBoat Show.

Boat builders, suppliers and others interested in the program heard a summary of the Coast Guard’s ongoing efforts, from working with the Navy on shared designs, to future acquisitions like the 52 ‘Special Purpose Craft- Heavy Weather that will replace aging lifeboats for the fierce surfing of the Pacific Northwest.

One of the reasons the Coast Guard and Navy work together on small boats is the structure and acquisition time requirements, an “intensive process harder every year” to generate Requests for Proposals (RFPs), said Mark Porvaznik, head of the Coast Guard’s boat acquisition program. .

With the typical lifespan of a small boat of 10 years, “half of the life cycle is just the request for proposals” for replacements, he said.

A PowerPoint summary presented by the Coast Guard team can be obtained by sending an email request to [email protected]

The Aids to Navigation Towable Boat II is another on the Coast Guard’s shopping list to update its fleet of small boats. coast guard photo.

The slides detail the Coast Guard’s ongoing small craft programs and include talking points that solicit suggestions and ideas from industry on how to address issues faced by crews and maintainers of small craft in the Coast Guard. Coast Guard, including:

– Water intrusion into electronics, controls and other components

– Maintainability

– Availability of parts

– Performance at medium speed and high sea conditions

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