Sea Platforms

USCG set to release RFP for new icebreaker

01 March 2018

The US Coast Guard (USCG) is preparing to set a new icebreaker competition into motion.

“Very soon – I’m talking tomorrow – we will release a request for proposal [RFP], with the support of both the [Trump] administration and Congress, to acquire the first heavy icebreaker,” Admiral Paul Zukunft, the USCG commandant, said on 1 March during the annual State of Coast Guard address.

He said the RFP is the first step to better icebreaking capabilities. “The first installment that will recapitalise our nation’s fleet of icebreakers.”

During a press briefing after the address, Adm Zukunft said, “We’re looking at fleet of six.

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