• 2019 October 13 16:12

    DHS, USCG extend limited contract relief for Offshore Patrol Cutter

    The Department of Homeland Security, in close coordination with the U.S. Coast Guard, granted extraordinary relief to the Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) for the Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) under the authority of Public Law (P.L.) 85-804, the USCG said in its news release.

    ESG submitted a request June 30, 2019, for extraordinary relief after their shipbuilding facilities sustained significant damages from Hurricane Michael, a Category 5 storm, in October 2018.

    Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan made the decision to grant extraordinary contract relief limited to the first four hulls on the basis that ESG’s performance on the OPC contract is vital to the national defense. The Coast Guard will immediately transition to a follow-on competitive contract for the remaining OPC program of record.

    P.L. 85-804 was enacted in 1958 and extended to DHS through Presidential Executive Order in 2003. Under this law, an existing contract may be amended or modified when such actions are necessary to facilitate the national defense.

    The Coast Guard, supported by DHS and the Navy, conducted an extensive analysis of ESG’s request guided by law and Federal Acquisition Regulation. This review included an assessment of the cost, schedule, and performance impacts on the existing contract. The review was overseen by a Contract Adjustment Board chaired by the DHS Deputy Under Secretary for Management.

    “Eastern Shipbuilding’s request for extraordinary relief was carefully considered,” said Coast Guard Vice Commandant, Admiral Charles W. Ray. “This review validated the essential contributions the OPC will provide to our national security and determined that limited relief, in parallel with immediate recompete, is the best option in this exceptional situation. Doing so is consistent with the law, fiscally responsible, and the most expeditious means to deliver this essential national capability.”

    The Coast Guard intends to release a Request for Information to gauge industry interest in re-competing the remainder of the OPC program of record. This information will inform the acquisition strategy for the follow-on procurement.

    The OPC will replace the fleet of Medium Endurance Cutters, commissioned between 1964 and 1991, providing a critical capability between the National Security Cutter and the Fast Response Cutter. OPC acquisition will expand the Coast Guard’s capability to secure the U.S. border and approaches, disrupt drug cartels and other illicit actors, prevent unlawful immigration, and enhance national preparedness. This decision will ensure critical capabilities are delivered to the fleet as expeditiously and responsibly as possible.




2019 November 13

18:07 LR and Seabury Maritime partner to tackle OPEX and CAPEX challenges
17:55 Gasum acquires AGA’s Clean Energy business and Nauticor’s Marine Bunkering business from Linde AG
17:36 Rolls-Royce and luxury yacht manufacturer Sunseeker sign frame agreement for MTU engines
17:18 Next-generation controller platform ‘Triton’ successfully passes TAT in Japan using latest ME-engine control system
17:04 LNG market expectations will be framed at the 6th International LNG Congress
16:54 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in Jan-Oct’2019 fell by 21% Y-o-Y to 9.34 million tonnes
16:28 Throughput of port Vyborg in Jan-Oct’2019 fell by 35% Y-o-Y to 1 million tonnes
16:03 MSC Cruises christens MSC Grandiosa
15:29 Innovative solutions for remote inspection: RINA and Kiber team up
15:03 Klaveness to focus their Dry Bulk operator activity on the Panamax to Post-Panamax segment
14:57 Throughput of port Vysotsk in Jan-Oct'2019 climbed by 5% Y-o-Y to 16.15 million tonnes
14:16 HHLA reports 4% growth in container volume to 5.7 million TEUs, revenue up 8.3% to 1 bn euros in Jan-Sept, 2019
13:33 Throughput of port Primorsk in Jan-Oct’2019 grew by 17% Y-o-Y to 51.84 million tonnes
13:12 Ten ports in the Nordic Region agreed upon a declaration focusing on sustainable port management
13:12 Cargo traffic in Ob-Irtysh Basin slightly down to 7.7 million tonnes
12:49 Port of Ust-Luga handled 87.49 million tonnes of cargo in 10M’19, up 7% Y-o-Y
12:24 Throughput of Port St. Petersburg in 10M'2019 grew by 2% to 50.00 million tonnes
12:00 EIB agrees to provide EUR 140 million to support expansion and upgrading of the Port of Piraeus
11:57 MPC Capital acquires stake in tanker specialist Albis Shipping & Transport
11:33 Port of Southampton welcomes MSC Grandiosa on her UK launch
11:08 Net profit of Commercial Port of Vladivostok for 9M’19 totaled RUB 4.64 billion, up 38.7% YoY
10:17 Port of San Diego to add seven alternative fuel vehicles to its work fleet
10:16 Environmental legislation on maritime transport will be reformed – focus on waste management
09:50 Bunker market at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia sees mixed price movements (graph)
09:32 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.37% to $61.83, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.33% to $56.61
09:25 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Nov 13
09:14 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,354 points

2019 November 12

18:06 Hapag-Lloyd to increase rates from China to Middle East including Red Sea
17:51 Admiral Makarov SUMIS participates in the international investigative project on oil spill response
17:36 Black Bear Carbon announces Port of Rotterdam as preferred location for new rCB plant in The Netherlands
17:20 Throughput of Russian seaports in 10M'2019 grew by 3.2% to 701.6 million tonnes of cargo (detalization)
17:06 MODEC, Mitsui, MOL and Marubeni to proceed with the deepwater FPSO charter project for Búzios field of Brazilian offshore pre-salt oil field
17:05 Peninsula Petroleum Group says is ready for IMO 2020
16:38 Metrans receives the first of ten new Vectron locomotives
15:59 New Joint Guidelines from ICS and OCIMF to improve safety in polar waters
15:31 Diesel submarine of RF Navy’s Pacific Fleet participates in exercised in the Sea of Japan
15:04 NMDC to complete fleet-wide conversion to Thordon seawater lubricated composite cutter shaft bearings
14:38 Krasnoye Sormovo delivers dry cargo carrier of Project RSD59, Aleksandr Sokolov
14:03 Damen Marine Components receives steering system contract for SunStone’s fifth Infinity-class 200 pax polar expedition cruise ship
13:35 Glavgosexpertiza of Russia approves survey findings under project for port construction on Novaya Zemlya
13:09 The Port of Gdansk connects Poland and Singapore
13:06 Bunker prices go down at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:43 NMDC to complete fleet-wide conversion to Thordon seawater lubricated composite cutter shaft bearings
12:28 Admiral Makarov SUMIS confirmed unique competence in dynamic positioning operators training
11:44 RINA works with the National Technical University of Athens to support the future Young Engineers in Greece
11:19 IMO launches online tool to smooth reporting formalities
10:47 Montreal, Canada to host 16th Arctic Shipping Summit on 11-12 March 2020
10:25 Number of new watercraft registrations increasing in Finland
10:23 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Nov 12
10:01 Hydrographic surveys in the Vuoksi river system to ensure safe navigation
09:42 Fleet Xpress agreement marks new stage in Bourbon digitalisation strategy for offshore
09:32 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.11% to $62.26, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.11% to $56.92
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,345 points

2019 November 11

18:33 Alfa Laval opens new global Innovation & Test center outside Copenhagen
18:03 ABS issues industry-leading guide for firefighting for cargo areas of container carriers
17:54 Yantar shipyard launches lead rescue ship of Project 23700 named Voyevoda
17:48 Massterly and the future of autonomous shipping
17:25 Throughput of Russian seaports in 10M’19 grew by 3.2% to 701.48 million tonnes
17:03 Wärtsilä and PSA Marine achieve breakthrough in IntelliTug project
16:44 University of Rochester create a metallic structure that won't sink