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Fairbanks Morse to provide main propulsion engines for fourth OPC

Written by Nick Blenkey
Forward end of Offshore patrol cutter

OPC [Image: Eastern Shipbuildin]

Beloit, Wis., headquartered Fairbanks Morse Defense (FMD), a portfolio company of Arcline Investment Management,reports that its Fairbanks Morse Engine (FME) division has been awarded a contract by Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) to build and deliver the two MAN 16V28/33D STC main propulsion diesel engines for the U.S. Coast Guard’s fourth Offshore Patrol Cutter the Rush (WMSM-918). FME, a MAN Energy Solutions licensee ,will build the engines in the U.S. at its Beloit manufacturing facility.

“Fairbanks Morse engines will help the OPCs perform the mission-critical task of preserving the country’s maritime security. We are honored to continue providing powerful and reliable engines to this essential program,” said Fairbanks Morse Defense CEO George Whittier. “No matter what the temperature is or how big the seas are, FME’s resilient engines are ready for the challenge of serving alongside each and every cutterman that crew an OPC.”

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