In-Service Vessel Sustainment Program
The Coast Guard released a request for information (RFI) July 18, 2018, to gather market research for the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star service life extension project (SLEP) as part of the In-Service Vessel Sustainment Program. The RFI is available here.
The Coast Guard marked the completion of the service life extension project for the barque Eagle with a ceremony at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore April 24, 2018.
Coast Guard Cutter Elm arrived at the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, Maryland, Jan. 24, 2018, to begin its midlife maintenance availability as part of the ISVS Program.
In-Service Vessel Sustainment is the Coast Guard’s strategic class-by-class evaluation of its vessels to determine what major maintenance and upgrades are necessary for them to reach or extend their service lives.
As vessels age, systems become obsolete and the cost and time spent on maintenance becomes prohibitive. The Coast Guard has determined that strategic major maintenance and recapitalization can improve reliability of its vessels and help control maintenance costs through their service lives. If necessary, additional work can be completed to allow vessels to operate efficiently past their service life until replacements are procured. Systematic evaluation of Coast Guard surface assets and creation of a recurring Acquisition Construction and Improvement funding stream through ISVS provides a cost-effective way to ensure the service has the surface assets necessary to complete its missions. ISVS work can be classified as mission effectiveness projects, midlife maintenance availabilities or service life extension projects.
A cutter capital asset management plan, which lays out a system of evaluative criteria, was developed to prioritize cutter classes to be included in the ISVS program. The 140-foot icebreaking tug was identified as the highest priority; the project started in 2014 with the objective of accomplishing a 15-year service life extension of the nine-vessel fleet. A four-year project to extend the service life of Coast Guard Cutter Eagle – the Coast Guard’s sail training ship – also started in 2014. MMA work on the 225-foot seagoing buoy tenders began in July 2015.
The ISVS program is the successor of the Mission Effectiveness Project, which replaced systems on the 210-foot and 270-foot medium endurance cutters and the 110-foot Island-class patrol boats to extend their operational lives until the arrival of new national security cutters, fast response cutters and offshore patrol cutters.
All ISVS program work is performed using the most cost-effective option to meet cost and schedule requirements. All current ISVS program work is performed by the Coast Guard at the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, Maryland. The yard demonstrated its ability to efficiently plan and execute major ship overhaul projects during MEP.