Navy Selects Shipyard to Build New Towing, Salvage and Rescue Ship
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
WASHINGTON — The Navy has selected a builder for its new class of Towing, Salvage and Rescue Ship (T-ATS).
Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded a $63.6 million firm-fixed-price and fixed-price with economic price adjustment contract to Gulf Island Shipyards LLC of Houma, Louisiana, for the detail design and construction of the first T-ATS.
The contract “includes options for seven additional vessels,” the March 16 Defense Department contract announcement said, which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of the contract to $522.7 million.
The T-ATS is designed to replace the three remaining Powhatan-class fleet ocean tugs and two remaining Safeguard-class rescue and salvage ships. The Navy plans to procure eight T-ATSs with funds from fiscal years 2016 through 2023, procuring one per year except for 2021, in which two are planned.
“Gulf Islands Shipyards has built vessels of just about every description — platform supply vessels, offshore construction vessels, offshore and inshore barges, towboats, tugs, casinos, passenger vessels, fishing vessels, and specialty vessels since 1965,” the company’s website said. “Over the years we have designed, manufactured and launched a large variety of vessels and barges up to 500 feet in length.”