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VESSELSSilver Ships, Inc. located outside Mobile, Alabama has recently delivered 11M RHIBS to the U.S. Navy under its Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. Currently, the Þ rm has an IndeÞ nite Delivery / IndeÞ nite Quantity (IDIQ) through the US Navy to provide this year 100 High Speed Maneuverable Surface Target (HSMST) boats which oper- ate either manned or unmanned with another 295 expect-ed over the course of the following 4 years. Another IDIQ contract through the US Navy awarded in early January is to provide the next generation 11M Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Surface Support Craft (SSC). This contract is to provide 36 SSCÕs over the course of Þ ve years. Developing successful solutions has continued to allow Silver Ships to be awarded DOD contracts which integrate ballistic protection, counter measures, C4ISR systems, as well as the ability to maintain low-level sound and also reduced impact to crew; through use of shock mitigated seats and ß oors as well as the ergonomics throughout the entire craft. Silver Ships, Inc. also completed delivery of Riverine Patrol Boats (RPBÕs) awarded through the NavyÕs FMS in 2013. The RPB has a 40-length overall, center-console conÞ guration, with a bow area capable of transporting troops and equipment and providivng rapid egress through a bow door. The RPB is beachable, with the ability to work in shal- low or open water, powered by inboard diesel waterjet pro- pulsion. ÒItÕs designed to facilitate maintenance, inspec- tions and repairs to provide ease of operation and extended service life, and the PRB has multiple, crew-served weapon foundations,Ó said Scott Clanton Silver ShipÕs Director of Special Projects. Clanton adds, ÒOur competitiveness with US/foreign shipyards is based on our quality of workmanship, along with our QA standards and our understanding and im- plementation of design in accordance industry standards. That has always kept us in the Þ ght, whether theyÕre U.S. or foreign small-boat manufacturers.Ó Bellingham, Washington-based All American Marine, Inc. (AAM) has signed a $11.8 million contract with the King County Ferry District for the construction of two identical 250-passenger aluminum catamarans. AAM partnered with naval architecture Þ rm, Teknicraft Design Ltd., of Auckland, New Zealand for the hull design. The vessel will be constructed in accordance to U.S. Coast Guard subchapter-K regulations and each 105Õ x 33Õ ves- sel will feature the Teknicraft Design signature hull shape with symmetrical bow, asymmetrical tunnel, and integrat- ed wave piercer. The vessels will be powered by twin Cum- mins QSK-50 tier III engines, rated 1800 bhp @ 1900 rpm. King County will utilize the new ferries to replace the outdated 172-passenger vessels that are currently leased as part of the water taxi ß eet. The design features interior seating for 250 with additional outdoor seats available on the upper aft deck. The layout of each passenger deck was conÞ gured to help streamline the boarding and disembark- ing process. The main deck is ADA-accessible and the cab- in includes designated seating areas for families and those with disabilities. Storage Shelves will be provided for stroll- ers and luggage and the aft deck features a staggered height bicycle storage rack with accommodation for 26 bicycles. Construction is expected to start during the Þ rst quarter of 2014. The Þ rst vessel will be delivered by mid-2015 fol- lowed by delivery of the second vessel in late 2015. Silver Ships Delivers on DoD & FMS Programs AAM Wins Contract for Two Passenger Ferries MN 45MN FEB14 Layout 32-49.indd 45MN FEB14 Layout 32-49.indd 451/20/2014 10:21:03 AM1/20/2014 10:21:03 AM

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