Halter Marine awarded $555.2 million for second Polar Security Cutter

Written by Nick Blenkey
Polar Security Cutter

Now we know the name: First Polar Security Cutter will ve named Polar Sentinel [Image courtesy Halter Marine]

UPDATED: The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., has awarded Pascagoula, Miss., based shipbuilder VT Halter Marine Inc. a $552,654,757 fixed-price incentive modification to previously awarded contract N00024-16-C-2210. The modification exercises an option for the detail design and construction of the second Coast Guard Polar Security Cutter.

Halter Marine says that initial efforts under this option will target the purchase of long lead-time materials, specifically the generator sets, necessary to support production while ensuring commonality across the first two PSCs.

The PSC program is a multiple year Department of Homeland Security Level 1 investment and a USCG major system initiative to acquire up to three multi-mission PSCs to recapitalize the USCG’s fleet of Polar Security Cutters.

The Polar Security Cutter will fill a current, definitive need for the Coast Guard statutory mission, of Polar Icebreaking, and meet other mission needs in the higher latitudes vital to the economic vitality, scientific inquiry and national interests of the United States.

“By building the second Polar Security Cutter, Halter Marine will continue its mission in delivering a national priority to the United States Coast Guard. Our talented workforce here at Halter Marine is proud to be part of such an important endeavor,” said Halter Marine president and CEO Bob Merchent.


Halter Marine is teamed with Technology Associates, Inc., (TAI), as the ship designer. The ship design is based on a German ”Polarstern II” design. The Halter Marine and TAI teams, along with other suppliers, are finalizing the PSC design.

The vessels are 460 feet in length with a beam of 88 feet overall, a full load displacement of approximately 22,900 long tons at delivery. The propulsion will be diesel electric, developing over 45,200 hors power and readily capable of continuously breaking ice between six to eight feet thick. The vessel will accommodate 186 personnel comfortably for an extended endurance of 90 days.

In addition to TAI, Halter Marine has teamed with ABB and Trident Marine for the icebreaker’s Azipod propulsion and power distribution system, Raytheon for command and control systems integration, Caterpillar for the main engines, Jamestown Metal Marine for joiner package, and Bronswerk for the HVAC system.

An artist’s rendering of the Polar Security Cutter design. Illustration courtesy of Halter Marine and Technology Associates, Inc. (TAI)
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