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USCG launches MLB life extension programme

15th December 2017 - 12:12 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The US Coast Guard (USCG) released a request for information in November for the 47ft Motor Lifeboat (MLB) service life extension programme (SLEP). 

The coast guard is seeking industry comments on the draft statement of work and specification before making a formal solicitation for the contract, which is worth more than $100 million.

The MLB is the USCG’s primary search and rescue platform in surf and heavy weather conditions. The fleet of over 100 MLBs is approaching the end of its planned 25-year service life and its operational availability has been limited with regards to parts availability and obsolescence issues.

The SLEP programme aims to extend the life of the MLB by 20 years. The original operational capabilities and characteristics of the vessel will effectively remain the same, but human systems integration improvements will be made where possible.

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