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Coast Guard releases request for information for prospective inland buoy tenders


The Coast Guard released a request for information (RFI) to inform its acquisition strategy for the inland buoy tender waterways commerce cutter variant.

The Coast Guard is re-releasing its inland buoy tender top-level requirements and is requesting information from any shipbuilder that has built a ship that satisfies those requirements or that could meet those requirements subject to minor modifications. If a shipbuilder has not built such a ship, but knows of a design (built in another shipyard), which otherwise meets the above and the shipbuilder can build that existing design, then the Coast Guard is requesting information from it as well. The information requested includes:

  • Sufficient data about the ship to allow a thorough comparison against the inland buoy tender top-level requirements.
  • Ship photographs, drawings, or both.
  • The name of the naval architecture firm that designed the ship.
  • Whether the shipbuilder qualifies as a small business under the North American Industry Classification System code for shipbuilding and repairing (336611).

The full RFI is available here. Responses are due Jan. 27, 2020.

For more information: Waterways Commerce Cutter Program page