Big Coast Guard Boat Contract For Manitowoc

Posted on June 26, 2006

The Manitowoc Co. said it has been awarded prime contractor and program manager, for a multi-year contract by the U.S. Coast Guard for the construction and delivery of up to 250 Response Boat-Medium (RB-M) vessels for a total contract value of up to $600 million. Manitowoc will share the contract equally with its RB-M team partner, Kvichak Marine Industries, Seattle. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in the first half of 2008.

The final design incorporates a 45 ft., self- righting aluminum hull propelled by twin water jets. The RB-M's diesel engines total 1650 hp and provide a top speed in excess of 42 knots. The winning prototype utilized a design from Camarc, Ltd. and was constructed by Kvichak.

Robert P. Herre, group president of Manitowoc Marine Group said The RB-M will be built at Kvichak's Seattle facility and at Manitowoc’s Marinette Marine operations.

The Manitowoc/Kvichak team won a three-year competition to develop the replacement for the Coast Guard's original fleet of 208 41-foot Utility Boats (UTBs), which entered service in 1973. While the UTBs were primarily designed for search-and-rescue missions, the Coast Guard's current mission mandate now includes recreational boating safety, marine environmental protection, law enforcement/Homeland Security, and port and coastal security. The RB-M will also be operationally compatible with Department of Defense missions.