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July 12, 2010

NOAA cancels SWATH contract

NOAA's newest ocean and coastal mapping vessel, the SWATH Ferdinand R Hassler, was lowered into the water in Moss Point, Mississippi, on September 19, last yaer. After a winter of customizing with hydrographic equipment, Hassler was supposed to be ready for action in early 2010.

However, in a presentation on March 31, 2010, NOAA's Office of Marine and Aviation Operations said that "ongoing construction issues have contributed to lengthy delays in delivery" and noted: "NOAA continues to work with primary contractor to expedite delivery."

Today, Tim Colton reports on www.coltoncompany.com that NOAA has terminated its contract with VT Halter Marine for the construction of the Hassler.

A letter sent vendors by VT Halter on July 9 instructs them: "Effective immediately, you are to cease work of all subcontracted services per the termination for convenience clause of any open purchase order issued for the NOAA SWATH program."


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