U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Optimistic About Icebreaker Funding

By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON, Dec 6 (Reuters) - The United States may soon get funding for a new heavy icebreaker ship, the head of the U.S. Coast Guard said on Thursday, as global warming spurs the race to stake out the Arctic, which is rich in oil, gas, and minerals. The United States has two operational icebreakers - a heavy one, the Polar Star, which is more than 42 … [Read more...]

GAO Identifies Multiple Risks Facing $9.8 Billion Polar Icebreaker Program

The U.S. government's $9.8 billion polar icebreaker program is facing risks across multiple key areas which still need to be address before resources are committed, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a report on the program. To maintain heavy polar icebreaking capability, the Coast Guard and the Navy are collaborating to acquire up to three new heavy polar … [Read more...]

Bollinger Would Build New Coast Guard Icebreakers in Tampa

Bollinger Shipyards says it will build the U.S. Coast Guard’s new icebreakers at its facilities in Tampa, Florida if it is eventually selected as the main contractor in the $2.1 billion program. The Louisiana-based shipbuilder announced on Monday it has selected Tampa Shipyard for the design and construction of up to three heavy polar icebreakers, and three additional medium … [Read more...]

You Know About Harbor Pilots But WTF Is An Ice Pilot?

By Nick Ameen (USCG) Each year when the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star visits Antarctica, its crew faces a unique challenge. Creating a navigable channel through a frozen sea to the National Science’s Foundation’s (NSF) McMurdo Station, where the ice is up to 10 feet thick, requires a particular set of skills. This is why the Polar Star is one of only two Coast Guard cutters … [Read more...]