Fairbanks Morse Defense books $13 million USCG contract

Written by Marine Log Staff
icebreaking tugboats with FMD engines

Coast Guard Cutter Biscayne Bay (WTGB 104) and Coast Guard Cutter Katmai Bay (WTGB 101) seen breaking ice in the Straits of Mackinaw on the Great Lakes back in 1992. [USCG photo by PA1 Carolyn Cihelka ]

Fairbanks Morse Defense (FMD), a portfolio company of Arcline Investment Management, has been awarded a five-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) requirements contract by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Surface Forces Logistic Center.

The agreement, worth up to $13 million, makes FMD the required source of supply for all opposed-piston (OP) engine parts listed in the contract’s schedule of supplies. These parts primarily support OP engines on nine 140-foot Bay Class Icebreaking Tugboats (WTGBs).

Since 1977, WTGBs have been used as critical icebreakers on many Northeast and Midwestern U.S. rivers and the Great Lakes, ensuring that waterways remain open year-round.

The contract also includes provisions for engine parts onboard the USCG’s decommissioned high endurance cutters (WHECs) that have been transferred or are in the process of being transferred to foreign navies.


“Fairbanks Morse Defense delivers an advantage to the U.S. Coast Guard by offering best-in-class marine technologies, OEM parts, and turnkey services,” said FMD CEO George Whittier. “As a trusted partner to the Coast Guard, we live our ironclad commitment to the fleet and crew every day, on every job. Manufactured in the U.S. and serviced worldwide, our proven marine technology is engineered for excellence to ensure reliable operation and minimal downtime.”

Currently, 65% of the USCG Major Cutter Fleet and approximately 80% of U.S. Navy ships with a medium speed power application are powered by Fairbanks Morse Defense.

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