Coast Guard Seeks Contractor Support for Changing Fleet Needs

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The Coast Guard informed the industry in a special notice posted on SAM.gov this week that a solicitation is forthcoming for a wide range of engineering and technical support for USCG cutters and boats.

The USCG plans to award an Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Firm Fixed Price (FFP) contract for an estimated 5-year term (base plus four option periods) from fiscal year 2023 through fiscal year 2028, with an option to extend for an additional six months. The work would be performed at the USCG-St. Elizabeth’s Campus in Washington, DC, and SFLC-ESD-Baltimore.

The expected award date is in the second quarter of fiscal year 2023. The contract is currently classified as a small business set-aside.

“The USCG is seeking contractor support for the USCG Ship Design Team (SDT), Human Systems Integration (HSI) Division (CG-1B3), and Surface Forces Logistics Center (SFLC-ESD) engineering services to provide full life cycle management of surface assets from concept development to disposal,” the notice states, adding that the contractor “will provide support services to help facilitate engineering, technical, training, and acquisition design support and lifecycle management support for all new and existing surface assets. boats within the CG-93.

Specifically, the Coast Guard is seeking professional engineers, technical services, acquisition engineering, and training in design support for the Polar Security Cutter (PSC), Offshore Patrol Cutter – Stage 1 ( OPC-A), Waterway Commerce Cutters (WCC), and life cycle management of Legacy Cutters and Boats through the SDT, HSI-1B3 and SFLC-ESD, as well as support for the Offshore Patrol Cutter – Stage 2 ( OPC-B), Boats-CG-9325 (Response Boats, Navigation Boats, Cutter Boats and Special Purpose Boats), National Security Cutters (NSC) and Fast Response Cutters (FRC) and HSI -1B3 to all USCG boats and cutters in service.

“Due to CG-932’s unique mission, the scope may expand throughout the term of the contract to include other initiatives within the CG-932 organization,” the notice states.

“The USCG SDT, HSI-1B3, and SFLC-ESD provide complete surface asset lifecycle management from concept development to disposal,” the advisory continues. “This includes tasks related to the acquisition of new cutters and boats, the maintenance and upgrade of existing cutters and boats, the management and maintenance of vessel configuration and performance characteristics, as well as maintenance services. design and engineering assistance. In addition, ensure that systems are designed, produced, supported, commissioned and modernized through full integration of the human component, including: labor, personnel, training, system safety and occupational health, human factors engineering, habitability and personnel survivability. The work described requires an integrated approach to obtaining problem solving solutions, as well as the effective coordination and management of a large number of resources in order to complete all tasks simultaneously.

Questions about the contract should be directed to the USCG Contracts Specialist and Contracts Officer by noon March 18, after which the Coast Guard will issue a Q&A for the benefit of all contractors.

Draft copies of the Statement of Work, Labor Categories, and Schedule of Services are posted on SAM.gov for review prior to RFP posting.

In his annual State of the Coast Guard address two weeks ago, Commander Adm. Karl Schultz emphasized that “as we adjust our course to better address persistent and emerging challenges, one constant remains: the need to provide the necessary assets, resilient infrastructure and capabilities. to accomplish the mission. »

The commander announced the name of the first Polar Security Cutter, currently in the design phase: Polar Sentinel. “When our fleet of Polar Security Cutters becomes operational, the work of these uniquely capable assets will be critical to protecting our economic, environmental and national security interests in polar or high latitude regions,” he said.

The first Offshore Patrol Cutter, Argus, is over 60% complete and work on the second, Chase, is “well underway”.

“This spring, we expect to award the largest acquisition contract in our service’s history for the next 11 Offshore Patrol Cutter hulls in the second stage of the OPC program,” Schultz continued. “The registration OPC program has 25 cutters, and the delivery of this full fleet is essential to recapitalize the capability and capacity provided by our 28 medium-duty cutters, many of which are over 50 years old. This legacy fleet loses nearly 500 patrol days a year due to unscheduled maintenance and repairs.

“If those lost patrol days were devoted exclusively to counter-narcotics operations, and if those days were only ‘average’ in terms of mission productivity, an additional 20 metric tons or 44,000 pounds of illicit drugs could have be intercepted at sea and prevented from reaching our shores. Replacing this legacy fleet at the best speed is essential for the Coast Guard to carry out our evolving missions.

The Coast Guard is also “making progress” in acquiring 30 Waterways Commerce Cutters to service inland navigational aids; for the first time, the entire river fleet will be able to accommodate mixed crews.

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