Vard Marine Inc. (Vard) is delighted to congratulate Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) and the US Coast Guard (USCG) on commencing construction of the fourth Heritage-class Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) – the future USCGC RUSH (WMSM 918).
The OPC is based on the VARD 7 110 Offshore Patrol Vessel design. Vard has supported ESG on the OPC program for the past 11 years, beginning with Concept Design, continuing through Preliminary and Contract Design phases to Detail Design and Construction, awarded in late 2016. It continues to provide engineering support to ESG during construction of the first three OPCs and will continue to do so with Hull 4.
“Vard Marine is proud to be part of the ESG Team and this OPC Program,“ said Darren Truelock, Vice President Houston, Vard Marine. “Through the OPC, our team is committed to enabling and expanding the Coast Guard’s capabilities to conduct offshore missions safely and effectively.”
“We are honored by the U.S. Coast Guard’s confidence in our team. We thank our valued partners, like Vard Marine, who have been with us since the beginning. Together, we utilized state of the market technology and innovation in the design to offer a more capable vessel than legacy assets currently in service,” said Joey D’Isernia, President of Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc.