Environmental And Other Law Enforcement Missions

  • Combat, Patrol and Law Enforcement Vessels Meet Multiple Missions with varied business plans.

    U.S. firms building patrol, combat and law enforcement craft are weathering government budget cuts by strengthening ties with clients and public agencies. These unique boats remain in demand because of terrorism, crime, wars, piracy and fire, and most serve multiple missions. As maritime nations beef up their defense capabilities, U.S. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) and Direct Commercial Sales (DCS) programs help builders do business overseas. Some companies have successfully expanded sales through those channels.
    At home, local counties and municipalities have limited funds, grants and matching grants to pay for waterborne assets. That said, sales and building for those entities hasn’t gone away either. But, it will perhaps take a combination of all outlets for these niche builders to make a living in the coming year(s). It helps that U.S. builders can and do build series-style programs, economically and with better quality than what is typically found overseas in this sector. Indeed, U.S. builders today enjoy a surplus of trade for this type of vessel. The wide range of (domestic) companies involved in this business sector is impressive, varied in their approaches to obtain business, but commonly united in their success. How they make that happen is the real story.  

    Ribcraft Delivers for All Sectors 
    Close to home, Marblehead, MA-based Ribcraft, a manufacturer of rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) has bagged a contract to build U.S. Navy Shipboard 7 meter RIBs over the next five years. The RIBs will be built to commercial standards and Government specified requirements focused on hoisting weight and ship compatibility constraints.  It is estimated the base year requirements will be for (32) 7 meter RIBs across all builders awarded the contract. Eventually, Ribcraft could build as many as 80. That contract was split with West Coast manufacturer, Willard.
    Ribcraft builds inflatables in 14 to 40’ range with most boats in the 22’ to 25’ range. Its backorder split is spread nicely across all sectors – Navy, municipalities, private buyers (yacht clubs, tours, etc.), first responders and industry (50%). The rapidly growing firm has made the 7.8 meter rib their bread and butter for past 15 years. Specific output numbers weren’t given but Ribcraft says that they’ve turned out several per month for the past 15 years.
    According to ribcraft, the 7m RIB and its mission set has evolved over time. Initially used as a ready service life boat, but now, it is much more than that. Today, it is deployed for security, boarding, interdiction, perimeter guarding (preventing “Cole” style attacks). The vessel’s engine selection, like that of many competitors, is driven by customer requirements, usually a function of which OEM is closest and can provide timely service. All Ribcraft models are manufactured domestically in New England.
    Separately, Ribcraft recently announced the delivery of a specialized RIBCRAFT 7.8 for patrol and enforcement operations to the City of Decatur, Alabama. The 25’ purpose built mission specific RIB will be used by the Decatur Police Department for tactical operations and on water patrols. Decatur’s 7.8 also features CBRN capabilities (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear) for an advanced defense strategy. 

    Swiftships: Leveraging FMS, DCS programs
    Morgan City, LA-based Swiftships has been in talks to provide Middle Eastern and North African navies with vessels ranging from 14 meters to 75 meters. “Interest in our 28-meter Coastal Patrol Craft (CPC), 35-meter Patrol Boats (PB), 45-meter Fast Missile Boat (FMB) and 75-meter Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV), via U.S. Foreign Military Sales has been considerable,” Shehraze Shah, the company’s CEO, said last month. “Meanwhile, our Latin America team has focused on building customers in that region by offering co-production via U.S. Direct Commercial Sales for 15-meter to 28-meter vessels.”
    Two major avenues that exist for overseas business are Foreign Military Sales, with the U.S. Department of Defense as negotiator, and Direct Commercial Sales, Shah explained. DCS is arranged directly between a vendor and a customer, with an export license issued by the State Department to meet International Traffic in Arms Regulations or ITAR.
    Swiftships’ 75-meter OPVs are intended to join the Combined Task Force, a U.S.-led, anti-piracy coalition in the Horn of Africa. The company’s PBs monitor the continental shelf in the Persian Gulf, and its CPCs are used to combat terrorism and militant threats. Both models are used for counterintelligence and drug seizures. OPVs perform counter-threat and rescue missions. Of note, Swiftships has leased and will move to 90 acres of yards in Morgan City, LA. The facilities will include 400-foot by 300-foot construction bays, with 30 acres of expansion space for future, composite-hull builds.

    Silver Ships: military support craft
    At Alabama-based Silver Ships, Inc. “We’re mid-way through our second year in a five-year indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity IDIQ contract with the U.S. Navy for 11-meter cabin and center console, Surface Support Craft or SSC, for the Naval Special Warfare community,” Scott Clanton, the company’s special projects director, said. “In another IDIQ contract awarded last year, we’re providing the U.S. Navy with 8-meter High Speed Maneuverable Seaborne Targets or HSMST’s, outfitted for manned and unmanned configurations for training scenarios as designated enemy vessels and designated targets. We delivered over 100 HSMST’s last year alone, and have supplied the Navy with this type of platform since 1997.”
    “We’re also providing 11-meter and 12-meter security boats to the U.S. Air Force,” Clanton said. “Our U.S. government contracts being executed now are all for Department of Defense support vessels. Silver Ships continues to execute its state, federal and other government work, and we’ve increased our Foreign Military Sales in our commitment to delivering mission-capable platforms.” The company has no FMS contracts at this time, however.
    “The 11-meter NSW Surface Support Craft was designed to assist in worldwide airborne and all types of maritime training operations,” Clanton said. “It is uniquely designed and the bow door allows divers and equipment to enter easily into the craft. The aft area has dive-relief sections along the sponson to ease in retrieval of personnel.”
    MetalCraft: U.S. Navy and USCG Focus
    Cape Vincent, NY-based MetalCraft Marine is building six 30-foot multi-mission boats for the U.S. Navy over the next year. Emily Roantree, the company’s sales and marketing manager told MarineNews, “In conjunction with Brunswick Commercial and Government Products, we’re constructing two 36-foot international military and police patrol craft, and four 36-foot U.S. Coast Guard Long Range Interceptor craft.” In mid-2012, MetalCraft was awarded a design and production contract for new-generation, Long Range Interceptor IIs for the U.S. Coast Guard’s National Security Cutter operations.

    Willard Marine meets military and patrol needs
    “We’ll deliver fiberglass and aluminum boats this year and next, used in blue- and brown-water missions and ranging in size from 16 to 36 feet, “Karen Jacquelin, Willard’s marking director, said. These vessels are intended for Department of Defense domestic and foreign military operations. “Willard is working on a variety of contracts that require continual production throughout this year,” she said. The company also has operations in Virginia Beach, Va. Most of Willard’s patrol, combat and law enforcement boats are designed for multiple missions. That’s how you stay competitive in this sector, says Jacquelin.

    USMI produces RIBS for navies
    United States Marine, Inc., in Gulfport, MS has delivered, over time, 250 11-meter Naval Special Warfare Rigid Inflatable Boats, or NSWRIBs, to U.S. government agencies and friendly, foreign navies in Asia, the Middle East and Scandinavia since this craft was first manufactured in 1996,” Barry Dreyfus, Jr., the company’s CEO, said. He added, “Under a current U.S. contract, valued at up to $18 million with Naval Sea Systems Command, we’ll provide these craft until August 2019. In addition, USMI continues to receive contracts for FMS sales of these boats to various foreign navies.” The 11-meter NSWRIB is versatile, transportable and air deployable, Florane said. Its uses include insertion and interdiction missions and vessel boarding.
    North River supplies local agencies, military
    North River Boats in Roseburg, Oregon has also been busy “This year and next, we have orders for – or  have delivered – 21 law-enforcement, patrol and military boats in various sizes and configurations,” sales director Mike Blocher said. “Five of them are smaller, law-enforcement vessels in the 21 to 24 foot range. Eleven of them are primarily for law enforcement and patrol, and range from 26 to 38 feet in length.” Most of these boats have twin or triple outboard propulsion, various electronics suites and law-enforcement-specific options. Nearly all the company’s vessels perform several missions.
    “We have completed or are building five boats under separate contracts for the U.S. military – including the Navy, the Air Force and one vessel for the Army – ranging in size from 36 to 38 feet,” Blocher said. “The majority of them are part of our Valor (Force Protection) series, generally with twin or triple outboard propulsion systems. Our military boats are generally used for fleet protection in harbors or ports.” Beyond this, the company’s vessels are used by law enforcement units in city, county and state agencies. “Many of them are in support of port security or other grants for fire boats in counties in the Pacific Northwest,” Blocher said. North River Boats reports a “healthy” backlog of boats to be built with deliveries stretching into the spring of 2016.

    Euro Marine hopes to meet FMS rules
    Euro Marine Ltd., based in Florida and the British Virgin Islands, produces 20-meter PI-65s – offshore and coastal patrol, interdiction and surveillance craft – in the Netherlands. The vessels are commonly used for fire and rescue and law enforcement. Bill Rigby of Euro Marine told MarineNews in May, “We’re in discussions to build and equip them with U.S manufactured, marine gas-turbine engines to satisfy government contract requirements for domestic material content,” He adds, “We’re looking to build in the States, and we hope to meet FMS program and also U.S commercial requirements.” PI-65s are designed to operate in severe offshore weather and sea conditions. “With their 3’10” draft, these boats can handle shallow waters, following the bad guys where others may fear to go,” Rigby says. The company’s vessel sales are forecast at roughly 60 million Euros for 2015 to 2017.

    Tampa Yacht Manufacturing
    Not to be outdone, Tampa Yacht Manufacturing recently announced the delivery of four (4) 50-FAC, Fast Attack Craft to South Asian Border Security Forces. The vessels are to be used in clandestine operations in remote areas of operation. The 50-FAC is a tactically sized (50 foot), reconfigurable, combatant craft capable of operating from land or maritime platforms. Well suited to provide Patrol, surveillance and interdiction in shallow coastal and riverine waters, its low draft, high maneuverability and 45-50 knot speed for day and night operations are all key features of the boat.
    Separately, the Kuwaiti Ministry of the interior earlier this year placed an order with Tampa Yacht for as many as 29 Fast Coastal Interceptor craft for the Kuwaiti Coast Guard. The 14.42M craft are powered by Man R6-800 diesels rated at 1600hp, has a top speed of 55+ knots at full load and a range of over 300 nautical miles at 38 knots.

    Outlook: Middle East, and Closer to Home
    “2016 to 2025 looks great for boat builders and FMS clients because of tremendous demand from the Middle East – Saudi Arabia and others – for the U.S. Navy to deliver,” Shah of Swiftships said, adding, “The Saudi Navy, for example, already has a fully-funded Letter of Request for Lockheed’s Littoral Combat Ships, and that leaves 13 billion riyals in the Saudi budget for more naval ships and services.” Lockheed Martin is based in Maryland and Texas. “Middle East needs will certainly increase opportunities for boat builders,” Shah said.
    Elsewhere, local municipalities and federal needs are keeping domestic builders busy. Multi-missioned, reliable and affordable boats capable of being customized to meet a wide range of tasks remain in demand, here and overseas. And, U.S. builders are happily supplying them. Neither scenario is expected to change, any time soon.

    (As published in the June 2015 edition of Marine News - http://magazines.marinelink.com/Magazines/MaritimeNews)

  • in Monticello, Ark., recently delivered a new 28-foot aluminum patrol boat to the Marine Police of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control near Little Creek, Del. This new boat is based on the 28-foot "Protector" hull design which was developed by MonArk and features an

  • 274 Sears Point Road Petaluma, CA 94954 Telephone: 707 778 9828 E-mail: markstott@mooseboats.com Website: www.mooseboats.com CEO/President: Roger Fleck Number of Employees: 20 The Company: Moose Boats is recognized for being a leader in supplying high quality customized mission-specific catamaran

  • The Company: Metal Shark is a leading shipbuilder specializing in the design and production of boats and ships for military, law enforcement, fire rescue, and a wide spectrum of commercial applications. At its facilities in Franklin and Jeanerette, Louisiana, Metal Shark manufactures vessels in aluminum

  • perform in violent storm-force winds (Beaufort Scale 11) and over exceptionally heavy sea states. Other missions include drug interdiction, environmental protection, offshore enforcement of laws and treaties, aids to navigation and logistics support and other missions t h a t may be required

  • cutter (WHEC) FRAM (Fleet Rehabilitation and Maintenance), and 210-foot medium endurance cutter (WMEC) MMA (Midlife Maintenance Availability). Environmental Protection Perhaps the hottest topic in the news, marine environmental protection is one of the Coast Guard's top priorities. Marine environmental

  • The Company: Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (BCGP) group has been in the business of building boats for commercial and military applications for more than fifty years. For patrol boat, rescue boat, military boat, research boat, and workboat applications, BCGP builds a complete fleet of unsinkable

  • Maritime Reporter & Engineering News interviews VADM Satoshi NAKAJIMA, Vice Commandant for Operations, Japan Coast Guard, in its March 2016 edition.     Please discuss the history of the Japan Coast Guard. Immediately after the end of World War II, maritime security and the safety of ship operations

  • the Coast Guard) to be accident prevention. Lighthouse keepers have guided ships into the nation's harbors since colonial times. The Coast Guard's environmental responsibilities also have a long history. Beginning in 1890, the Revenue Cutter Bear introduced a herd of reindeer to Alaska to help supplement th

  • SeaArk Marine. Inc. has delivered three distinct mission-specific patrol craft to the Baltimore City Police Marine Unit. Missions include patrolling Baltimore's Inner Harbor, providing search and rescue, recovery and law enforcement. These enclosed cabin boats upgrade the marine unit's fleet from

  • Boston Whaler's Commercial Products Division recently announced the introduction of its new 36-foot welded aluminum patrol boat, the Defiance. The Defiance is a fast, versatile, rugged and low maintenance patrol boat, designed with the enforcement officer in mind. This boat features excellent maneuvera

  • operational tempo increases and deepwater mission requirements continue to evolve, particularly in the areas of maritime safety, law enforcement, environmental protection and national defense. A five-year contract with renewable terms is expected to be awarded in June 2002, when one winner will be

  • MT Apr-19#64 Index page MTR APRIL19:MTR Layouts  4/15/2019  9:39 AM)
    April 2019 - Marine Technology Reporter page: 64

    Index page MTR APRIL19:MTR Layouts 4/15/2019 9:39 AM Page 1 Advertiser Index PageCompany Website Phone# 25 . . . . .Blueprint Subsea . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.blueprintsubsea.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .+44 (0) 1539 531536 13 . . . . .Deep Ocean Engineering

  • MT Apr-19#57  ar-
energy, renewables, environmental  cheological projects)
    April 2019 - Marine Technology Reporter page: 57

    developed in-house BIRNS lighting systems were used and are now used worldwide in offshore in high pro? le excavation and ar- energy, renewables, environmental cheological projects, from the Ti- monitoring, mapping, archaeology and tanic to what was at the time the for collecting evidence on salvage

  • MT Apr-19#56  imaging system. The 
environmental monitoring, port security)
    April 2019 - Marine Technology Reporter page: 56

    . Target applications what it claims is the world’s ? rst fully include ocean research and exploration, integrated subsea imaging system. The environmental monitoring, port security, company’s multidisciplinary engineer- Photo: ROS and seabed mapping and surveys. Test- ing team have developed advanced

  • MT Apr-19#54  compo-
Global Commercial Environmental Assessment 
    April 2019 - Marine Technology Reporter page: 54

    , Liquid Robotics, A Boeing Company, is responsible for Liquid Robotics’ plankton community by being able to identify these compo- Global Commercial Environmental Assessment nents of the food chain from the acoustic data alone. This team that focuses on supporting the Science and will produce a cost savings

  • MT Apr-19#53 Compared with historical data collected over centuries)
    April 2019 - Marine Technology Reporter page: 53

    Compared with historical data collected over centuries, this year suggest seismic motion was consistent with displacement new information will help scientists better predict geologic at the full convergence rate. From the results of his missions, activity. Dr. Chadwell concluded the Wave Gliders have

  • MT Apr-19#52 ver the past 20 years, great strides have been made  Sea?)
    April 2019 - Marine Technology Reporter page: 52

    ver the past 20 years, great strides have been made Sea? oor geodesy projects are underway across the globe, all in the ability to observe and monitor the worlds’ in pursuit of scienti? c advances that will help us crack the ocean. Just think that less than two decades ago, one code on earthquake and

  • MT Apr-19#38  last 
als detection), environmental monitoring, risk assessment)
    April 2019 - Marine Technology Reporter page: 38

    pling survey, mapping, hyperspectral photo work (met- of the 47th Underwater Mining Conference in Bergen last als detection), environmental monitoring, risk assessment, year — yes, the 47th — organizers noted the achievements cutting-process observation and serving as equipment mules and attendance of a

  • MT Apr-19#35 tenance activities, these are effectively hotel boats with)
    April 2019 - Marine Technology Reporter page: 35

    tenance activities, these are effectively hotel boats with a lot term we want to develop the HAUV track and survey buried of redundant time. We have developed HAUV to be able to be cables autonomously. Various pipe tracking technologies are deployed and recovered from these vessels essentially replac-

  • MT Apr-19#33 AUVs in the market are not actually that autonomous;)
    April 2019 - Marine Technology Reporter page: 33

    AUVs in the market are not actually that autonomous; often from a quayside at a lake close to Saab’s Facility in Sweden the vessel needs to track the vehicle during a scope, which, in to perform a “mow the lawn” style pre-programmed survey our eyes, defeated the object of the autonomous feature.”

  • MT Apr-19#23  scientists with Reef 
Environmental Education Foundation)
    April 2019 - Marine Technology Reporter page: 23

    (NOAA). UNDERWATER DRONES of British Columbia, sun? ower sea Between 2006 and 2017, scientists and trained citizen scientists with Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) conducted 10,956 roving-div- er surveys from Southern California to Alaska. Before 2013, divers reported an abundance

  • MT Apr-19#14 Insignts Cables
with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric)
    April 2019 - Marine Technology Reporter page: 14

    Insignts Cables with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration land’s synthetic version was designed to have all the function- (NOAA) to decrease deployment infrastructure and costs for ality and capabilities of steel cable alternatives, yet at much tsunami warning buoys. Both projects needed

  • MT Apr-19#12 Insignts Cables
Cable to Make a Dif  erence in 
    April 2019 - Marine Technology Reporter page: 12

    Insignts Cables Cable to Make a Dif erence in Underwater Missions By Chad Murdock, lead applications engineer, Cortland Company he US GEOTRACES program is dedicated to col- Electromechanical cable specialist Cortland supplies equip- lecting trace elements and their isotopes from the ment which is used by

  • MT Apr-19#6  research to 
Commercial Environmental Assessment  corporations)
    April 2019 - Marine Technology Reporter page: 6

    cable applications Robotics’, A Boeing Company, Global executive with experience in startups, ranging from oceanographic research to Commercial Environmental Assessment corporations, academia, and government. aerospace. Driven by technical expertise team that focuses on supporting the At Just Innovation

  • MT Apr-19#3 KNOW WHAT’S BEL  W
    April 2019 - Marine Technology Reporter page: 3


  • MT Apr-19#Cover MARINE
April 2019)
    April 2019 - Marine Technology Reporter page: Cover

    MARINE TECHNOLOGY REPORTER April 2019 www.marinetechnologynews.com Dig Deep Underwater mining: the next big market for UUVs Tappan Zee Bridge deconstruction with pinpoint accuracy Flying New Routes Modus Seabed Intervention is on a mission Offshore

  • MT May-19#59 enable long battery life. The EPLF-553  being designed to)
    May 2019 - Marine Technology Reporter page: 59

    enable long battery life. The EPLF-553 being designed to meet operational re- navigation. The frequencies allocated is perfect for recovery of AUVs after quirements for an ultra-deep-water sub- are in the range of 283.5 - 325.0 KHz. mission duration has elapsed. mersible beacon. A LED ? asher and

  • MT May-19#55 for use in hydrographic applications. 
Navsight comes as a)
    May 2019 - Marine Technology Reporter page: 55

    for use in hydrographic applications. Navsight comes as a motion reference Left: The STIM202 is a shock-capa- unit (MRU), providing roll, pitch, and ble, tactical-grade, ultra-high-per- heave, or as a full navigation solution formance MEMS gyro module de- with embedded tri-frequency receiver, signed

  • MT May-19#40 SurfWEC &  the quest 
for ef   cient wave-generated)
    May 2019 - Marine Technology Reporter page: 40

    SurfWEC & the quest for ef cient wave-generated power enewable energy production is of? cially ‘hot’, as a Wave-generated power could be number of engineering advances and government subsidies have conspired to help deploy, test, and considered the Rodney Danger- Rprove in real-world conditions the

  • MT May-19#39 Images Courtesy RTSYS/French Navy
ABOVE: Old analog sonar)
    May 2019 - Marine Technology Reporter page: 39

    Images Courtesy RTSYS/French Navy ABOVE: Old analog sonar on the left versus new console. LEFT: New console working. Image Courtesy French Navy/RTSYS as it works on various sides. First of all, it allows tremen- dous gain of time for Navies as the upgrade does not run for too long so the crew can quickly

  • MT May-19#31 One of Sonarydne’s BlueComm units attached to one of the)
    May 2019 - Marine Technology Reporter page: 31

    One of Sonarydne’s BlueComm units attached to one of the Nekton mission submersibles. UNDERWATER UNDERWATER with 75m maximum range in which you sion happen. BlueComm 200 UV can ACOUSTIC RECORDERSACOUSTIC RECORDERS can operate and sustain up to 10Mbps is provide this link, securely and covertly.

  • MT May-19#28 Image: Nekton Oxford Deep Ocean Research Institute
One of)
    May 2019 - Marine Technology Reporter page: 28

    Image: Nekton Oxford Deep Ocean Research Institute One of Sonarydne’s BlueComm units attached to one of the messages is not so simple, as the way the data is ble blue light because at that wavelength (450nm) Nekton mission modulated, and perhaps compressed, needs to be un- light travels furthest

  • MT May-19#27 Technology that has helped to achieve world 
? rsts in)
    May 2019 - Marine Technology Reporter page: 27

    Technology that has helped to achieve world ? rsts in ocean exploration broadcasting could also provide the answer for covert operations in the defense realm, where communications need to go unheard. By Ioseba Tena, Global Business Mgr. - Defense & Robotics, Sonardyne Traditionally, wireless subsea

  • MT May-19#23 A more concrete example of the bene?  ts can be seen by)
    May 2019 - Marine Technology Reporter page: 23

    A more concrete example of the bene? ts can be seen by Sidescan A, is ensonifying a portion the same area as Sides- considering the case of two UUVs attempting to communi- can B. In traditional sonar applications this would result in cate using Assured Data Communications. This is depicted interference

  • MT May-19#21 DOLPHIN Signal Processing Technology signal saturation and)
    May 2019 - Marine Technology Reporter page: 21

    DOLPHIN Signal Processing Technology signal saturation and enables simultaneous transmitting and Acoustics enable many core undersea capabilities. Where receiving on the same frequency, with collocated transducers. radio waves do not propagate well, and light is absorbed The DOLPHIN technology is