Vigor Unveils Innovative Design for the Coast Guard OPC
In response to the U.S. Coast Guard’s demanding Offshore Patrol Cutter requirements, Vigor Industrial looked beyond the conventional. With the Ulstein X-BOW®, Vigor delivers unmatched seakeeping and endurance in a capable offshore workhorse.
The Coast Guard plans to build up to 25 OPCs. They will replace the aging fleet of 210-foot and 270-foot Medium Endurance Cutters (WMECs), which are becoming increasingly expensive to maintain and operate and are, in many respects, says the Coast Guard, technologically obsolete.
According to the Coast Guard's Acquisition Directorate, the OPC Project is in the "Analyze/Select" phase of the acquisition process. The Coast Guard's OPC Mission Need Statement (MNS) and Concepts of Operation (CONOPS) have been developed and signed, and preparation of the Operational Requirements Document (ORD) has commenced.
"Several yards are currently sending their prospects to the Coast Guard. Towards the end of 2014 or beginning of 2015, the Coast Guard will award the contract," says Deputy CEO, Tore Ulstein, responsible for Market and Innovation in Ulstein Group.
"We have worked together with Vigor for two years, and have developed a concept we have great faith in," says Mr. Ulstein. "The ship is 100 m long and 16.4 m wide and has a top speed of 22 knots. A typical operating speed can vary from 5 to 22 knots, and the ship is therefore equipped with a combined diesel mechanic / diesel electric propulsion system. The ship accommodates 124 persons, is equipped with a helicopter deck and hangar, and a hangar for three rescue boats."
For more information and to see a video go to www.VigorOPC.com.