Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG), FL has achieved another major milestone in the US Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) program. On 28th September 2018, U.S. Coast Guard exercised contract options with Eastern Shipbuilding Group to begin construction of the lead Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) and to acquire long lead-time materials for the second OPC. The actions enable the production phase of the program, which is the largest in Coast Guard and Department of Homeland Security history to date, to proceed.
The OPC is based on the VARD 7 110 design and as production engineering nears completion Vard Marine and team partners are eager to support ESG through construction and delivery. Upon construction, the 110 meter long OPC will be the largest vessel in Vard Marine’s extensive portfolio of OPV designs.
The OPC 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 our ports. 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 security strategy.
Delivery of the lead OPC, USCGC ARGUS, is currently planned for 2021.
Another contract option was also exercised for long lead time items (propeller and steering components, marine diesel engines, the ship integrated control system, switchboards, and generators), for the second OPC, USCGC CHASE.