RB-M AWARD PROTESTED. The Coast Guard has revealed that pre-award protests have been filed on the long drawn out Response Boat - Medium, (RB-M), procurement - it started in 1999 - and that the award is postponed until the protests have been resolved. Final proposals were submitted in August, so the Coast Guard must have been close to making an award, (not that the Coast Guard ever moves really fast.) The three finalists are Marinette Marine, of Marinette WI, (with Kvichak Marine Industries, of Seattle WA, as subcontractor), Textron Marine & Land Systems, of New Orleans LA, and Ocean Technical Services (OTech), of Harvey LA.You may remember the RB-M project: we're looking for a replacement to the old, dependable 41-foot UTB (all built by the CG at the Yard at Curtis Bay).
Scuttle is that Marinette, along with their prime subcontractor, had the lead.
The other two sources were both from the Gulf coast. I wonder if the protests came before, or after, the ravages of Katrina and Rita.
If all goes well, look for the first of the production line to be delivered to the Coast Guard in the summer or fall of 2007.