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Coast Guard provides draft solicitation for offshore patrol cutter

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The Coast Guard updated the technical library and provided a draft solicitation for the offshore patrol cutter (OPC) on Oct. 9, 2020. This draft solicitation contains information for potential offerors about the bidding process and award evaluation factors for the follow-on competition for OPC detail design and construction. The updates can be accessed here.

The Coast Guard invites responses from industry on this draft information. Responses are requested no later than Oct. 30. The formal detail design and construction request for proposal is scheduled for release in early fiscal year 2021.

The OPC draft solicitation supports the Coast Guard’s full and open OPC re-compete strategy by providing updated information that reflects the current state of OPC design and acquisition activities to potential offerors, as well as provide information regarding bid evaluation criteria. Using the information provided, potential offerors are able to conduct analysis and development based on the latest programmatic information. The Coast Guard anticipates this approach will enable offerors to submit sound proposals for OPC follow-on production and maintain a strong competitive acquisition environment as the program conducts a new competition to complete the OPC program of record. Instructions for accessing this information can be found as Notice USCG-OPCSTAGE2-2020 at beta.sam.gov.

The OPC acquisition program meets the service’s long-term need for cutters capable of deploying independently or as part of task groups, and is essential to stopping smugglers at sea, interdicting undocumented migrants, rescuing mariners, enforcing fisheries laws, responding to disasters and protecting ports and waterways. The acquisition of 25 OPCs will complement the capabilities of the service’s national security cutters, fast response cutters and polar security cutters as an essential element of the Department of Homeland Security’s layered maritime security strategy.

For more information: Offshore Patrol Cutter program page