Coast Guard cutters to undergo extensive repair work

NORFOLK, Va. – The U.S. Coast Guard’s Maintenance and Logistics Command Atlantic Area here, has awarded a ship repair contract to a Charleston, S.C., shipyard to conduct extensive repair work to the cutters Dallas and Gallatin.

Both ships will enter the Detyens Shipyards, Inc., Monday.

The total value of the contract award is between $9.85 million and $14.82 million, depending upon whether certain options are exercised. The performance period for the work is 193 days, but is subject to change if changes to the work are required.

The shipyard will address areas of significant deterioration in the hull structures, bulkheads and decks, machinery foundations, various piping systems, ventilation systems, significant preservation, antenna renewals and weapon system repairs, as well as necessary shipyard maintenance requirements.

Late last year Coast Guard inspectors and technical experts found extensive structural and habitability deficiencies on both ships that were so bad the ships were temporarily taken offline. These repairs will restore watertight and structural integrity to areas of the ships suffering from excessive corrosion. Additional work to other areas and systems will allow the ships to return to full operation.

“These cutters, which are over 40 years old, have been maintained and operated beyond their original service life,” said Cmdr. Jon Gage, chief, Vessel Support Branch, Coast Guard Maintenance and Logistics Command Atlantic. “This extensive availability will help restore the cutter’s structure to rapidly return these cutters to operational service.”

The Coast Guard solicited for this work under a full and open competition, and followed a disciplined process to award the contract from a robust pool of companies. Deytens Shipyards was selected because the firm offered the best value to the government based on technical capability, management approach and price.

The Coast Guard’s MLC Atlantic provides maintenance and logistics support to Coast Guard commands in 40 states east of the Rocky Mountains, as well as commands in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Europe. MLCLANT provides support to all units and their personnel within Atlantic Area.

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