Why Piracy is Surging in the Gulf of Guinea -EXPLAINER
By Libby George LAGOS, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Pirates are stepping up attacks on ships in West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea, defying regional navies. On Saturday, pirates off Nigeria kidnapped...
Update: Unfortunately you will not be seeing a X-Bow USCG cutter anytime soon, as Vigor was not one of the three shipyards selected for the next round of design and funding. SEE: Bollinger Among Three Shipyards Selected for USCG Offshore Patrol Cutter Program
Original: Vigor Industrial, and of course Ulstein certainly hope so. They’ve been working together for the past two years to come up with a new Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) design for up to 25 new ships that would replace the aging Reliance and Famous– class of medium endurance US Coast Guard cutters.
One design the USCG is considering is Vigor Marine and the all new ULSTEIN SX151, of course featuring the unmistakeable X-Bow.
So could this be the USCG’s next generation cutters? Yes, but we will have to see if the design can beat out several other yards bidding for the contract.
Ulstein says that the ship measures 100 meters long by 16.4 meters wide and has a top speed of 22 knots and a typical operating speed is estimated to vary from 5 to 22 knots through combined diesel mechanic / diesel electric propulsion. The design can accommodate 124 persons, is equipped with a helicopter deck and hangar, and a hangar for three rescue boats.
In addition, Vigor has configured the Ulstein X-Bow® for maximum mission effectiveness with the following features:
Vigor OPC is not only affordable to produce, but it also reduces operational costs throughout the life of the vessel, according to Ulstein.
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