Coast Guard releases plan to acquire two new heavy icebreakers


(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday released an acquisition timeline and requirements for two new heavy icebreakers that could cost $1 billion each, Reuters reported. The Coast Guard said it would meet with interested companies, among them Huntington Ingalls Industries and General Dynamics, during an industry day in March. In a federal notice, the Coast Guard spelled out key requirements for the ships, including the ability to break through ice with a thickness of at least 6 feet at a continuous speed of 3 knots, and the ability to break a single-pass channel through ice to a width of at least 83 feet.

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By Professional Mariner Staff