Coast Guard Releases Draft Polar Icebreaker Specifications
WASHINGTON — The Coast Guard has released its draft heavy polar icebreaker system specifications in a request for information (RFI), the service announced in an April 4 release. The request seeks questions, comments and feedback related to heavy polar icebreaker technology risks, sustainability, producibility and affordability.
This RFI is part of ongoing market research conducted with the Navy and includes the draft specifications for icebreaker hull structure, propulsion and electrical plants, command and surveillance systems, weaponry, outfitting and auxiliary systems. Industry sources are invited to submit responses by June 16.
Following market research, the Coast Guard plans to release a request for proposal for detail design and construction of a heavy polar icebreaker in fiscal year 2018. The service plans to begin production activities in 2020.