Bollinger to Power Coast Guard Coastal Patrol Boats

HOUSTON – American Electric Technologies, Inc. announced today that its subsidiary, South Coast Electric Systems, L.L.C., has begun delivery of power systems for eight Bollinger Shipyard-manufactured 87-foot marine protector class coastal patrol boats (CPB) contracted by the United States Coast Guard (USCG).

Increased homeland security and other heightened law enforcement issues like drug and illegal alien interdiction have not only raised the bar for sanctions, but also the requirements for the vessels that keep America’s borders safe.

Bollinger has contracted AETI to deliver eight sets of American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), marine-class generator controls and power distribution switchgear for the multi-mission CPBs, which are capable of performing search and rescue, law enforcement and fisheries patrol missions. The switchgear has been custom-designed to meet the strict requirements for size and weight of these armed vessels.

“These patrol boats are state-of-the-art vessels and have specialized power requirements to be able to perform all the functions for which they are designed,” said Paul Champagne, Bollinger’s program manager. “We respect AETI’s reputation and vast knowledge in the marine power distribution industry and that’s just one reason why we chose them for this project.”

The CPBs, which have two MTU 8V 396 TE94 diesel engines, are built to carry up to 2,900 gallons of fuel and can tow up to a 200-ton vessel. The system includes slow-speed drive capabilities to help the vessels maneuver in restricted waters or tow small pleasure craft after a successful search and rescue mission. The engine control and monitoring systems are equipped with operational data recorders to provide performance-based maintenance and to improve logistic support.

Source: AET Press Release

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