Todd Pacific Shipyards to Repair, Overhaul USA’s Largest Icebreaker
The US Coast Guard awarded Todd Pacific Shipyards in Seattle, WA a $12.5 million modification to a previously awarded contract (HSCG85-05-C-625306) in support of repairs and alterations performed during the triennial Dry-Docking Planned Maintenance Availability (DPMA) of the icebreaker USCG Cutter Healy (WAGB-20).
The contract modification provides for repair and maintenance of the ship’s main propulsion system, auxiliary systems, and other structural, mechanical, and electrical features aboard the ship, including underwater hull inspection and renewal.
The USCG Cutter Healy is the USA’s largest icebreaker…
USCGC Healy is designed to conduct research activities, with 4,200 square feet of scientific laboratory space, electronic sensor systems, oceanographic winches, and accommodations for up to 50 scientists. Healy is designed to break 4½ feet thick ice at 3 knots and can operate in temperatures as low as -50 degrees F.
After completing her 2009 Artic West mission, Healy returned Oct 1/09 to the USCG Integrated Support Center in Seattle for drydock maintenance. The Artic West mission included studying Arctic Ocean hydrography, as well as continuing work on the Joint US-Canadian Arctic Extended Continental Shelf Mission, which included several weeks of collaboration with the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Louis S. St-Laurent.
In addition to her scientific work, as a Coast Guard cutter Healy is capable of other missions, such as logistics, search and rescue, ship escort, environmental protection, and the enforcement of laws and treaties in the Polar Regions.
The DPMA of the USCGC Healy is being performed under Todd Pacific Shipyard’s 5-year multi-option firm-fixed-price supply contract awarded in 2005 by the Coast Guard for the overhaul and maintenance of the vessel.
Todd Pacific Shipyards plans to complete the work by March 2010.