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ST Engineering subsidiary secures contract for second Polar Security Cutter

Singapore Technologies (ST) Engineering's US subsidiary has secured a contract to build a second Polar Security Cutter (PSC) for the US Coast Guard (USCG).

The subsidiary, VT Halter Marine, was awarded with the contract by the US Department of the Navy, ST Engineering announced on 30 December in a statement. No contract value was disclosed with the company only revealing that the award is a “fixed-price incentive-firm contract”.

The PSC programme aims to recapitalise the USCG's fleet of polar cutters with up to three multimission vessels with icebreaking capabilities. VT Halter Marine received a contract for the first vessel in April 2019.

Citing estimates from the USCG, Janes reported in April 2020 that the procurement cost of acquiring three PSCs would be USD1.04 billion for the first ship, USD792 million for the second ship, and USD788 million for the third ship.

The vessel that was proposed by VT Halter Marine for this requirement is based on a 20,000-tonne design that features a centreline-shafted propeller flanked by two swivelling podded propulsors for improved icebreaking capabilities.

“The PSC will fill a current, definitive need for the coastguard statutory mission, of polar icebreaking, and meet other mission needs in the higher latitudes vital to the economic vitality, scientific inquiry, and national interests of the United States,” reads the statement from ST Engineering.

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