July 16, 1985 - Maritime Reporter and Engineering News

Todd, Bath Win Coast Guard Contracts Worth $352-Million

Todd Pacific Shipyards Corporation, Seattle, Wash, and Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, have been a w a r d e d c o n t r a c t s t o t a l i ng $352,353,340 to rehabilitate and modernize 12 of the Coast Guard's Hamilton Class cutters.

According to John T. Gilbride Jr., vice president and general manager of Todd-Seattle, the shipyard was awarded a $240-million contract for work on eight of the West Coast-based 378-foot-long high-endurance cutters. The five-year project is scheduled to begin in October and last until March 1990. Bath Iron Works will do work on the other four cutters.

The project is said to be ideally suited to Todd-Seattle because of its experience with the Navy's guided-missile frigate construction program. The average manning for the five-year cutter project will be approximately 400 and will entail extensive design work and enhancements to all major systems, including combat systems.

The rehabilitation and modernization of the vessels—the removal and replacement of weapon systems, design modification, etc.—is done on approximately 15-year intervals.

With the completion of the project, which is said to be the largest ship repair contract in Coast Guard history, the vessels will be able to operate effectively for the remainder of their 30-year life expectancy.

According to the Coast Guard, the fixed-price contracts provide for economic price adjustment for all years after the first year.

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