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The U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy, through an integrated program office, on April 23, 2019, awarded VT Halter Marine Inc., of Pascagoula, Mississippi, a fixed price incentive (firm) contract for the detail, design and construction of the Coast Guard's lead Polar Security Cutter (PSC).


The Coast Guard has prepared a programmatic environmental impact statement, regarding the PSC acquisition, in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and Executive Orders 12114.


The U.S. Navy, in collaboration with the U.S. Coast Guard under an integrated program office, released a request for proposal (RFP) March 2, 2018, for the advance procurement and detail design for the Coast Guard's PSC, with options for detail design and construction for up to three PSCs. The RFP is available here.

Polar Security Cutter


The Coast Guard is recapitalizing its polar icebreaker fleet to ensure continued access to both polar regions and support the country's economic, commercial, maritime and national security needs.

The operational polar fleet currently includes one 399-foot heavy icebreaker (Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, commissioned in 1976) and one 420-foot medium icebreaker (Coast Guard Cutter Healy, commissioned in 2000). These cutters are designed for open-water icebreaking and feature reinforced hulls and specially angled bows.

Polar Star underwent a three-year reactivation and returned to operations in late 2013. Since then, Polar Star has completed six Operation Deep Freeze deployments to resupply McMurdo Station in Antarctica.

Why this program?

The United States has vital national interests in the polar regions. Polar security cutters (PSCs) enable the U.S. to maintain defense readiness in the Arctic and Antarctic regions; enforce treaties and other laws needed to safeguard both industry and the environment; provide ports, waterways and coastal security; and provide logistical support – including vessel escort – to facilitate the movement of goods and personnel necessary to support scientific research, commerce, national security activities and maritime safety.

The Coast Guard needs six new PSCs to ensure national year-round access to the polar regions and to provide self-rescue capability.

How is the Coast Guard addressing the need for more polar icebreaking capability?

The Coast Guard is in the Obtain phase of acquiring a PSC. A request for proposal for the advance procurement and detail design for the PSC, with options for detail design and construction of up to three PSCs was released March 2, 2018. A single contract will be awarded in fiscal year 2019. The delivery target for the lead ship is 2023.

 

PSC: In the News

2019

April 23, 2019 - PSC Contract Awarded to Recapitalize Nation’s Arctic Capabilities

2018

March 5, 2018 - RFP Released For Coast Guard's Heavy Polar Icebreaker

Feb. 22, 2018 - Polar Icebreaker Acquisition Proceeds To Next Phase

2017

Oct. 19, 2017 - U.S. Navy Releases Draft Request For Proposal For Coast Guard Icebreaker Design, Construction

July 26, 2017 - Coast Guard Participates In Icebreaker Model Testing Demonstration With DHS, National Research Council Of Canada (NRC)

June 16, 2017 - Heavy Polar Icebreaker Model Testing Underway

April 4, 2017 - Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Releases Draft Polar Icebreaker Specifications

Feb. 22, 2017 - Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Awards Multiple Contracts For Heavy Polar Icebreaker Industry Studies

Feb. 9, 2017 - Acquisition Update: U.S., Canada Governments Partner On Model And Test Activities To Support Heavy Polar Icebreaker Acquisition Efforts

2016

Dec. 23, 2016 - Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Requests Quotes For Heavy Polar Icebreaker Industry Studies

Oct. 26, 2016 - Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Releases Request For Information For Heavy Polar Icebreaker Industry Studies

March 17, 2016 - Deep Freeze 2016: Reaching the bottom of the world

Feb. 9, 2016 - Coast Guard To Hold Polar Icebreaker Industry Day March 18

2015

April 20, 2015 - Coast Guard Team Observes Icebreaking Technology In Finland

2014

Nov. 20, 2014 - U.S., Canadian Coast Guards Exchange Polar Icebreaker Acquisition Knowledge

June 20, 2014 - Acquisition Update: Polar Icebreaker Acquisition Project Approved For Next Phase

2013

Aug. 16, 2013 - USCG Arctic Strategy Requires More Ice Breakers

April 25, 2013 - Heavy Polar Icebreaker Project Makes Progress

Feb. 28, 2013 - Coast Guard Heavy Polar Icebreaker Project Taking Shape

 

  • 399-Foot Icebreaker
  • 420-Foot Icebreaker
  • CGC Polar Star
  • CGC Healy
  • CGC Polar Sea