Wednesday, September 15, 2021

‘Great News’ For Great Lakes as House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Approves $1 Billion for U.S. Coast Guard Infrastructure, Heavy Icebreaker

The U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Tuesday approved $1 billion for U.S. Coast Guard shore side infrastructure nationwide and $350 million for a heavy icebreaker for the Great...

September 15, 2021
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Thursday, January 7, 2021

VT Halter Marine Preparing Yard for Polar Security Cutter Construction

Mississippi-based VT Halter Marine is in the process of getting its Pascagoula yard ready for the construction of the Coast Guard’s next-generation icebreaker, the Polar Security Cutter. The yard is...

January 7, 2021
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Wednesday, November 4, 2020
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McMurdo Resupply Canceled – US’s Only Heavy Icebreaker Will Go North Instead

This year the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, the nation’s only heavy icebreaker, will not deploy to Antarctica to resupply McMurdo station this year because Operation Deep Freeze was...

November 4, 2020
Total Views: 775

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Heading Home: U.S. Coast Guard Icebreaker Healy Suffers Fire Off Alaska

The United States’ only medium icebreaker USCGC Healy has suffered a fire and propulsion failure while en route to the Arctic. The U.S. Coast Guard reports that the Healy was...

August 26, 2020
Total Views: 415

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

MacGregor to Supply Deck and Cargo Equipment for USCG’s Polar Security Cutter

MacGregor has been awarded the contract to supply the deck machinery and cargo handling equipment for the US Coast Guard’s next-generation Polar Security Cutter.   MacGregor, part of Cargotec, received the...

March 4, 2020
Total Views: 72

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
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Melting Ice Caps Are a National Security Crisis: James Stavridis

By James Stavridis (Bloomberg Opinion) — I spent much of my life in the U.S. Navy, including nearly 11 years on the deep ocean day-to-day, out of sight of land....

May 14, 2019
Total Views: 51

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
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VT Halter Reveals New Coast Guard Icebreaker Details

Mississippi-based shipbuilder VT Halter Marine has provided new details on the $745 million contract for the design and construction of the United States’ first new heavy icebreaker in more than...

May 8, 2019
Total Views: 318

Friday, March 1, 2019
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FIRE IN ANTARCTIC OCEAN Aboard USCG’s Last Heavy Icebreaker

The 150-member crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star fought a fire at approximately 9 p.m. PST Feb. 10 that broke out in the ship’s incinerator room about...

March 1, 2019
Total Views: 100

Thursday, December 6, 2018
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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...

December 6, 2018
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Wednesday, September 19, 2018
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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...

September 19, 2018
Total Views: 38

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
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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...

July 10, 2018
Total Views: 78

Saturday, April 7, 2018

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...

April 7, 2018
Total Views: 154

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
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U.S. Navy Releases Proposal Request for Coast Guard’s New Heavy Polar Icebreaker

The U.S. Navy, in collaboration with the U.S. Coast Guard, has released a request for proposal for the advance procurement and detail design work for the USCG’s first new heavy...

March 6, 2018
Total Views: 18

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
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America’s Only Heavy Icebreaker Experienced Flooding, Engine Failure During Annual Antarctic Supply Mission

The United States’ only operational heavy icebreaker suffered both flooding and engine failure during this year’s icebreaking mission to Antarctica. Despite these challenges, however, the USCGC Polar Star completed its...

February 7, 2018
Total Views: 89

Friday, December 22, 2017
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Heavy Icebreaker USCGC ‘Polar Star’ Departs Honolulu on Annual Resupply Mission to Antarctica

 The United States’ only heavy icebreaker departed Honolulu on Friday bound for Antarctica as part of annual resupply mission for the U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP). During the mission, known as...

December 22, 2017
Total Views: 29

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Report Says U.S. Needs to Build Four New Heavy Polar Icebreakers

New Report Recommends Construction of Four New Polar Icebreakers of the Same Design as the Lowest-Cost Strategy for Protecting U.S. Interests in Arctic and Antarctic The U.S. lacks icebreaking capability...

July 11, 2017
Total Views: 5

Thursday, February 23, 2017
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U.S. Coast Guard Awards Heavy Polar Icebreaker Contracts

The U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday awarded five firm fixed-price contracts for heavy polar icebreaker design studies and analysis. The contracts were awarded to the following recipients: Bollinger Shipyards, LLC,...

February 23, 2017
Total Views: 42

Saturday, August 20, 2016
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From The Deck Of An Icebreaker – First Hand Account Of Life Aboard the USCGC Healy

by Ken Cook (USCG) At 420 feet long and 82 feet wide, the Coast Guard Cutter Healy is the Coast Guard’s largest cutter. Onboard you’ll find an impressive galley, large...

August 20, 2016
Total Views: 114

Tuesday, July 12, 2016
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U.S. Shipbuilders: Shipyards Capable of Building Next Generation of Polar Icebreakers

In testimony before the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, Matthew Paxton, President of the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) today cited the proven track record of the...

July 12, 2016
Total Views: 33

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

U.S. Coast Guard Moves Forward with New Icebreakers

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON, Jan 13 (Reuters) – The U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday released a proposed acquisition timeline and requirements for two new heavy U.S. icebreakers that could cost...

January 13, 2016
Total Views: 73