The Polar Security Cutter was designed for Bollinger Shipyard’s tender submission for detailed design and construction of three (3) heavy polar icebreakers for the United States Coast Guard. [5], The U.S. Coast Guard established the heavy polar icebreaker acquisition program in 2012. Navy. We now have the Senate Appropriations Committee’s (SAC) views on this part of the FY2021 DHS Appropriations Act. Congressional Research Service,] The Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, with 75,000 horsepower and 13,500-tons displacement, breaks through Antarctic ice en route to the National Science Foundation’s McMurdo Station, Jan. 15, 2017. (Page 73). [15] The Polar Icebreakers will be built to a mix of military and commercial standards. In addition to TAI, VT Halter Marine has teamed with ABB/Trident Maritime Systems for the PSC's Azipod propulsion system, Raytheon for command and control systems integration, Caterpillar for the main engines, Jamestown Metal Marine for joiner package, and Bronswerk for the HVAC system. By Edward H. Lundquist - January 16, 2019. [Ronald O'Rourke; Library of Congress. “Azipod V3000” is probably a typo; they are likely referring to VI2300 which is the “bigger” ice-rated Azipod size (the “smaller” being VI1600). Coast Guard Polar Security Cutter (Polar Icebreaker) Program : Background and Issues for Congress Resource Information The item Coast Guard Polar Security Cutter (Polar Icebreaker) Program : Background and Issues for Congress represents a specific, individual, material embodiment of a distinct intellectual or artistic creation found in University of San Diego Libraries . (Page 72), Polar Ice Breaking Vessel.—The Committee recognizes the value of heavy polar icebreakers in promoting the national security and economic interests of the United States in the Arctic and Antarctic regions and recommends $555,000,000, which is the requested amount. The Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, with 75,000 horsepower and 13,500-tons displacement, breaks through Antarctic ice en route to the National Science Foundation’s McMurdo Station, Jan. 15, 2017. This WLOX news article with video also indicates that actual physical construction is scheduled to begin in January of 2021. The Senate committee, like its counterpart in the House, has recommended approval of the Administration request for $555M that would fund the second Polar Security Cutter. The new cutter will be built in Pascagoula, Mississippi, by VT Halter Marine and is scheduled to be delivered in three to four years. Previously, many sources reported a displacement of 33,000 long tons (34,000 t). The Coast Guard shall seek The Coast Guard Polar Security Cutter (PSC) program is a program to acquire three new PSCs (i.e., heavy polar icebreakers), to be followed years from now by the acquisition of up to three new medium polar icebreakers. The vessels were specified to operate worldwide and to be exposed to extreme environmental conditions found in the Polar, Tropical, and Temperate regions. The explanatory statement states (emphasis added): Full-Funding Policy.—The Committee again directs an exception to the administration’s current acquisition policy that requires the Coast Guard to attain the total acquisition cost for a vessel, including long lead time materials [LLTM], production costs, and postproduction costs, before a production contract can be awarded. VT Halter Marine graphic if the Polar Security Cutter design The US Coast Guard has released a request for information (RFI) ahead of a planned procurement of polar landing craft (PLC) that will support operations of the service’s new heavy icebreaker, the polar security cutter. The medium icebreaker should be able to break ice not less than 4.5 feet (1.4 m) thick at 3 kts and operate for 80 days without replenishment. … The total recommended for this program fully supports the Polar Security Cutter program of record and provides the resources that are required to continue this critical acquisition. I have reproduced the section on Senate Activity (page 25/26) below. [note 1][1] The polar security cutter will be based on a German research vessel that will be modified to meet USCG requirements, it will have a diesel-electric propulsion system, and will have accommodations for 186 crew, scientists, and others as a part of mission packages. The Great Lakes ice breaking capability should really look at a replacement for the 140’ WTGBs too. The design of the new Polar Security Cutter (PSC) is based on that of the German polar research and supply icebreaker Polarstern II. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Such components include: auxiliary equipment, such as pumps for shipboard Change ), CRS, “Coast Guard Polar Security Cutter (Polar Icebreaker) Program: Background and Issues for Congress Updated November 11, 2020”. CRS, “Coast Guard Polar Security Cutter (Polar Icebreaker) Program: Background and Issues for Congress Updated November 11, 2020” Posted on November 14, 2020 by Chuck Hill. Earlier, on 11 September, the Coast Guard opened a Polar Security Cutter office at VT Halter Marine's shipyard in Pascagoula, MS, to coordinate and monitor the construction of the new vessels. Currently, the U.S. Coast Guard has only one heavy icebreaker in service; commissioned in 1976, it is 13 years past its intended service life. Another way of looking at this designation is that current and future polar security cutters are mobile Coast Guard multi-mission platforms that have long-range endurance and are specifically designed for polar operations. Format: Electronic and Book: Edition [Library of Congress public edition]. Author/creator: O'Rourke, Ronald author. The acquisition of Polar Security Cutters is being jointly managed across the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard through an IPO that leverages the expertise and utilizes best practices across each enterprise to deliver a fleet of highly capable, multi-mission ships in the most cost-efficient and timely manner possible. The polar security cutters combat system will be derived from the Aegis Combat System, and the Coast Guard has not decided what weapons the cutters will carry. Coast Guard Polar Security Cutter (Polar Icebreaker) Program: Background and Issues for Congress [Updated December 23, 2020] Show summary Open resource [pdf] ( open full abstract ) From the Introduction: "This report provides background information and issues for Congress on the Polar Security Cutter (PSC) program--the Coast Guard's program for acquiring new PSCs (i.e., heavy polar … By Edward H. Lundquist - January 16, 2019. opportunities to accelerate the acquisition and request legislative remedies, if necessary. In recent decades, operations there primarily have been scientific research missions, but the new polar security cutters (PSCs) will be expected also to conduct national security operations, statutory missions, and climate research—all in a hostile, unforgiving environment and with minimal shoreside support. [3][4] The first icebreaker will be funded by the U.S. The Committee expects the administration to adopt a similar policy for the acquisition of the Offshore Patrol Cutter [OPC] and heavy polar icebreaker. Domestic Content.—To the maximum extent practicable, the Coast Guard is directed to icebreaker that is as capable as USCGC MACKINAW. Note there is also mention of renovation of the Polar Star and acquisition of a future Great Lakes icebreaker as well: The Senate Appropriations Committee, in the explanatory statement for S. XXXX that the committee released on November 10, 2020, recommended the funding level shown in the SAC column of Table 2. Both ships are planned to be replaced by three heavy and three medium icebreakers. Coast Guard polar security cutter (polar icebreaker) program : background and issues for Congress / Ronald O'Rourke. Coast Guard officials describe the Offshore Patrol Cutter program and the Coast Guard’s Polar Security Cutter (PSC) program17as the service’s two highest acquisition priorities. ( Log Out /  Polar Star.—The recommendation includes $15,000,000 to carry out a service life extension program for the POLAR STAR to extend its service life as the Coast Guard continues to modernize its icebreaking fleet. The ships will be equipped with surface and air search radars, will be capable of communications with other Department of Defense, Coast Guard, NOAA, and National Science Foundation ships and aircraft. The Navy and Coast Guard have established a joint program office for the polar security cutter. The Coast Guard Polar Security Cutter (PSC) program is a program to acquire three new heavy polar icebreakers, to be followed years from now by … [6] In January 2018, Commandant Adm. Zukunft said that "in the event this world changes in the next 5, 10, even 15 years from now," the icebreakers will be designed with space, weight, and power (SWAP) reservations sufficient to weaponize the icebreakers at some point in the future. The Coast Guard overall is seeking $12.3 billion for fiscal 2021, $77 million more than the $12.2 billion in the enacted 2020 budget. (See the latest version here.). Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. [7] In September 2018, the Coast Guard announced that the icebreakers would be called Polar Security Cutters, that they would have the designation WMSP, and that the Coast Guard wanted the icebreakers to be capable of carrying deck-mounted weapons if needed. The Coast Guard’s POR calls for procuring 25 OPCs as replacements for the service’s 29 medium- endurance cutters. The polar security cutter will be a multi-mission Coast Guard cutter that breaks ice in a rapidly changing polar security environment. Since our last look at this report, there have been four updates. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. On April 23, 2019, the Coast Guard-Navy Integrated Program Office for the PSC program awarded a $745.9 million fixed-price, incentive-firm contract for the detail design and … The new class of ships will be called Polar Security Cutters and will be based in Seattle, Washington. A “polar security cutter” is essentially a Coast Guard national security cutter that can break ice and operate effectively in unforgiving polar environments. “An icebreaker shouldn’t have a long mid-body. The Coast Guard Polar Security Cutter (PSC) program is a program to acquire three new heavy polar icebreakers, to be followed years from now by the acquisition of up to three new medium polar icebreakers. Despite the pandemic, the program is on track to deliver the ship in June 2024, VT Halter Marine said in a statement. Further, any requirements analysis conducted by the Coast Guard regarding overall Great Lakes icebreaking requirements shall not assume any greater assistance rendered by Canadian icebreakers than was rendered during the past two ice seasons and shall include meeting the demands of United States commerce in all U.S. waters of the Great Lakes and their harbors and connecting channels. 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Get this from a library! (See the latest version here.) The operational polar fleet currently includes one 399-foot heavy icebreaker (Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, commissioned in 1976) and one 420-foot medium icebreaker (Coast Guard Cutter Healy, commissioned in 2000). This statement addresses (1) the Coast Guard’s assessment of capability gaps in the region, and (2) key risks facing the Polar Security Cutter acquisition. Coast Guard Polar Security Cutter (Polar Icebreaker) Program Congressional Research Service 2 Multiple Missions Not Just Icebreaking ü The Coast Guard’s polar icebreakers do not simply break ice—they are multimission cutters5 that conduct a variety of other operations that are conducted in lower-latitude waters by the Coast The large GLIB is just the tip of the pyramid. In comparison, Finland’s new IB Polaris heavy icebreaker is about 360-feet long, according to its builder Artia. [8] On April 23, 2019 the Coast Guard and the Navy awarded VT Halter Marine a $745M detailed design and construction contract for the Coast Guard’s lead Polar Security Cutter. Since our last look at this report, there have been four updates. [13] The polar security cutter should be able to break through ice of 6.5 feet (2.0 m) at 3 knots (5.6 km/h; 3.5 mph), independently break through pressure ridges[14] 21 feet (6 m) thick, and be able to operate for 80 days without replenishment. The Polar Security Cutter Program is the program to replace the United States Coast Guard's aging fleet of icebreakers. Compared to other heavy icebreakers, the Polar Security Cutter is longer than most because its mission requirements are different. Coast Guard Polar Security Cutter (Polar Icebreaker) Program: Background and Issues for Congress [October 26, 2018] [open pdf - 2 MB] "The Coast Guard Polar Security Cutter (PSC) program, previously known as the polar icebreaker (PIB) program, is a program to acquire three new heavy polar icebreakers, to be followed years from now by the acquisition of up to three new medium polar … Congressional Research Service, issuing body. The Coast Guard Polar Security Cutter (PSC) program, previously known as the polar icebreaker (PIB) program, is a program to acquire three new heavy polar icebreakers, to be followed years from now by the acquisition of up to three new medium polar icebreakers. (Pages 71-72), Great Lakes Icebreaking Capacity.—The recommendation includes $4,000,000 for preacquisition activities for the Great Lakes Icebreaker Program for a new Great Lakes shipboard cranes; and spreaders for shipboard cranes. This policy has the potential to make shipbuilding less efficient, to force delayed obligation of production funds, and to require post-production funds far in advance of when they will be used. The Department should position itself to acquire vessels in the most efficient manner within the guidelines of strict governance measures. [11] The first three PSCs will be homeported in Seattle, Washington. The Coast Guard Polar Security Cutter (PSC) program is a program to acquire three new heavy polar icebreakers, to be followed years from now by the acquisition of up to three new medium polar icebreakers. USNI Blog: New Details on the Coast Guard Polar Security Cutter: https://blog.usni.org/posts/2020/11/19/new-details-on-the-coast-guard-polar-security-cutter. Also, VT Halter Marine anticipates that the lead ship will be delivered in 2024, with the second PSC in 2025, and the third in late 2027. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Polar Security Cutter Program is the program to replace the United States Coast Guard's aging fleet of icebreakers. ARLINGTON, Va. — The U.S. Coast Guard plans to fully fund the second polar security cutter (PSC) and the third offshore patrol cutter (OPC), according to the proposed fiscal year 2021 U.S. Department of Homeland Security budget. In July 2021, Halter Marine will complete upgrades to the launch way area where the PSC will be constructed. vessels. Polar Security Cutter (PSC) je označení třídy připravovaných těžkých ledoborců Pobřežní stráže Spojených států.Celkem je plánována stavba až tří jednotek. We now have the Senate Appropriations Committee’s (SAC) views on this part of the FY2021 DHS Appropriations Act. The Coast Guard Polar Security Cutter (PSC) program is a program to acquire three new PSCs (i.e., heavy polar icebreakers), to be followed years from now by the acquisition of up to three new Arctic Security Cutters (ASCs) (i.e., medium polar icebreakers). The U.S. Coast Guard’s presence in the Arctic is about to see a dramatic change. [11], Rendering of the Polar Security Cutter design to be built by VT Halter Marine. Comments Off on Coast Guard awards contract for new Polar Security Cutter WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy, through an Integrated Program Office (IPO), awarded VT Halter Marine Inc., of Pascagoula, Mississippi, a fixed price incentive (firm) contract for the Detail Design and Construction (DD&C) of the Coast Guard’s lead Polar Security Cutter … Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. The polar security cutter will be a multi-mission Coast Guard cutter that breaks ice in a rapidly changing polar security environment. Coast Guard polar security cutter (polar icebreaker) program : background and issues for Congress. services; propulsion equipment, including engines, reduction gears, and propellers; The USCG released draft system specifications in April 2017, a draft request for proposal (RFP) in October 2017, and the RFP for advance planning and detailed design in March 2018. The current fleet of large icebreakers consists of one operational heavy icebreaker, the USCGC Polar Star, and one medium icebreaker, the … [12], The polar security cutter will have a length of 460 feet (140 m), beam of 88 feet (27 m), and have a full load displacement of 22,900 long tons (23,300 t). the Polar Security Cutter—it has acquired in over 40 years. In 2016, the Coast Guard established an integrated program office with the U.S. Navy to use the Navy's shipbuilding expertise for acquiring the icebreakers. ( Log Out /  The current fleet of large icebreakers consists of one operational heavy icebreaker, the USCGC Polar Star, and one medium icebreaker, the USCGC Healy. NAVSEA is the lead contracting authority. Other author/creator: Library of Congress. The program baseline review is completed and is in the design stage. — The U.S Coast Guard’s Polar Security Cutter (PSC) is rapidly progressing through the detailed design phase, and Halter Marine is actively preparing for its construction, the company said in a Jan. 6 release. Both icebreakers will be capable of surface defense using removable weapons and will be capable of fitting with additional sensors and weapons. Halter Marine has announced that it will prepare the Polar Security Cutter (PSC) for construction, following its progression through the detailed design phase. The Coast Guard Polar Security Cutter (PSC) program is a program to acquire three new PSCs (i.e., heavy polar icebreakers), to be followed years from now by the acquisition of up to three new medium polar icebreakers. The new fleet of icebreakers will allow the USCG to perform missions in the Arctic such as defense operations and readiness; defending U.S. sovereignty and interests; national security activities and maritime safety; PWCS (ports, waterways, and coastal security); research; search and rescue; and logistic support and vessel escort. [9][10], According to a press release dated 7 May 2019 announcing the PSC contract, VT Halter Marine teamed with Technologies Associates, Inc. (TAI), in the overall design based upon the proposed German polar research vessel Polarstern II. ( Log Out /  The Polar Security Cutter will be 460-feet long. 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