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USCG polar icebreaker plan picks up speed

28 November 2016

Key Points

  • A new heavy icebreaker is expected to replace USCGC Polar Star in 2023; two follow-on ships are also planned.
  • The USCG is seeking proven vessel designs and mature technology with a focus on affordability.

The US Coast Guard (USCG) has asked for industry help in refining the specifications for a future class of up to three heavy icebreaking ships for operations in Arctic and Antarctic waters.

USCG officials hope that shipyards and systems specialists will come forward with ideas that will help accelerate the procurement programme while driving down cost and other risks.

Delivery of the lead ship is planned for mid-2023, when it will replace the heavy icebreaker USCGC Polar Star (WAGB 10), which will be retiring after 47 years of service.

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