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USCG releases RfP for lifeboat life extension

3rd December 2018 - 16:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The US Coast Guard released a request for proposal (RfP) on 21 November for services and supplies for its 47ft motor lifeboat (MLBs) service life extension programme as part of in-service vessel sustainment.

The coast guard plans to award one firm-fixed price indefinite delivery indefinite quantity contract, which will have an ordering period of ten years from date of contract award.

The fleet of over 100 MLBs has been in service for 15 to 21 years and is approaching the end of its planned 25-year service life. The programme will extend the useful life of the MLB by 20 years and address parts availability and obsolescence issues.

The original operational characteristics and capabilities of the service’s primary search and rescue platform in surf and heavy weather conditions will effectively remain the same, while efforts to enhance human system integration will be made where practical.

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