Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. of Panama City, FL is
proud to announce that it has been selected as one of the three finalists to
design the United States Coast Guard’s new Offshore Patrol Cutters (OPC). In accordance
with the terms of the $22 million dollar Phase I finalist award cap, Eastern
will spend the next 18 months finalizing the engineering and ship design in
order to become the final shipyard selected to build the first OPC.
The OPC fleet is expected to total 25 Cutters, while the
initial contract is for up to 11 Cutters. The OPC is pivotal to the United
States Coast Guard and Department of Homeland Security Recapitalization Plan
and will meet current and future offshore mission requirements, while replacing
the aging 210-foot and 270-foot Medium Endurance Cutters.
During Phase I, the United States Coast Guard Preliminary
and Contract Design will bring highly skilled technical jobs to Bay County over
the next 18 months. When Eastern Shipbuilding Group wins the (OPC) complete
design and construction contract, there will be upwards of 2000 direct jobs
created in Northwest Florida.
Brian D’Isernia, President and CEO of Eastern Shipbuilding
Group stated, “The United States Coast Guard has evaluated numerous proposals
from eight US shipyards based on technical, management, past performance, and
price factors. Affordability will be the central consideration for this
acquisition. With a track record of 110 vessels built on-time and on-budget
since 2002, we at Eastern believe that we are the best shipyard to produce the
vessels which will cost effectively fulfill the United States Coast Guard
Offshore Patrol Cutter Mission. Eastern’s location in Northwest Florida is the
perfect place for construction of the Coast Guard’s Offshore Patrol Cutters.
Bay and surrounding counties have a strong tradition of supporting the military
and are honored to have bases located here for three branches of the Armed
Forces, including the U.S. Coast Guard. An award of this value will represent a
significant economic boom for Northwest Florida and Eastern will continue to be
one of the State of Florida’s top job producers.”