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Textron Marine Wins

LCAC Program Contracts

Worth $225 Million

Textron Marine Systems (TMS),

Division of Textron Inc., has been awarded major U.S. Navy contracts for the Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) Program totaling more than $225 million.

One contract valued at $216 mil- lion calls for the construction of 12

LCAC and major equipment items.

This contract with options could reach a total value of between $400 million to $500 million. The con- tract with its options provides for the continuation of the LCAC pro- duction activities through mid- 1994.

A second contract worth $9.1 mil- lion was awarded to TMS for a full range of engineering support and logistics management services for the LCAC program. The contract covers a four-year period through 1992 and contains options which, when exercised, could result in a total contract value of $60 million.

The LCAC is an air cushion land- ing craft designed to carry troops, weapons and equipment at high speeds from support ships to the shore.

Under prior contracts, TMS has delivered 14 LCACs to the Navy and is currently manufacturing an- other 10 at its shipyard operations in New Orleans, La.

Textron Marine Systems is a U.S. leader in design and construction of advanced technology air cushion ve- hicles and surface effect ships and other advanced marine craft for both military and commercial cus- tomers.

For free literature detailing the full line of air cushion vehicles and

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ITT Antarctic Seeks

Bids For Charter/Purchase

Of Icebreaker For NSF

ITT Antarctic Services, Inc., un- der contract to the National Science

Foundation, Division of Polar Pro- grams, is seeking the charter/pur- chase of an icebreaking research vessel to operate in the Antarctic and southern ocean waters in sup- port of the U.S. Antarctic Program.

The general purpose, multidisci- plinary oceanographic research ves- sel, which should have an overall length from 250 to 300 feet, must be capable of steaming continuously at 3 knots or better through level ice with a thickness of three feet or more.

The procurement includes a "Buy

American" provision. The provision calls for the vessel to be built in a

U.S. shipyard, unless the lowest

U.S. bid is more than 50 percent above the lowest foreign bid. In determining the cost of the vessel, the provision requires that the cost of the vessel will be "increased by the amount of any subsidies or financing provided by a foreign gov- ernment (or instrumentally thereof) to such vessel's construction."

The Shipbuilders Council of

America, an organization whose members include the major ship- builders and ship repairers in the

U.S., fought hard for the inclusion of the "Buy American" provision.


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Port Of Portland Names

Bruce J. Robeson has been named director, maritime opera- tions and services for the Port of


In this newly created position,

Mr. Robeson has overall manage- ment responsibility for marketing and operations associated with the port's five marine terminals and the

Portland Ship Repair Yard.

He joins the port with over 25 years' experience in the maritime industry. He has served as president with Foss Launch and Tug Compa- ny, Seattle. Foss operates a fleet of tugs and barges and a repair facili- ty

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