Pascagoula, Miss., based shipbuilder Halter Marine has been awarded a $149 million contract for the detail design and construction of an oceanographic survey ship (T-AGS 67) for the U.S. Navy.
“This contract continues the momentum and growth of Halter Marine by adding a third government program to its shipyard along with the Polar Security Cutter and Auxiliary Personnel Lighter-Small programs,” said President and CEO Bob Merchent. “With this contract award, Halter Marine will add approximately 250 highly skilled jobs allowing for the continued development and expansion of our workforce.”
Halter Marine has delivered seven Pathfinder class vessels to the U.S. Navy. T-AGS 67 will be the eighth ship in the Pathfinder class—and a modified repeat design of the T-AGS 66 ship. Both vessels are equipped with a 300-square-feet moon pool for unmanned vehicle deployment and retrieval.
Pathfinder class vessels are multi-mission ships and can perform a variety of operations including hydro-graphic surveys of uncharted regions and advancing an understanding of the ocean.