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In April 2019, VT Halter Marine was awarded a US$745,940,860 (about S$1b) contract to design and construct a state-of-the-art
 Polar Security Cutter (PSC) for the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG). The contract underscores a major system acquisition by the USCG, which is looking to acquire up to three multi-mission PSCs to recapitalise its fleet of heavy icebreakers. The first ship delivery is scheduled for 2024, while the second and third vessels are scheduled for 2025 and 2027 respectively, if the options are exercised. The cumulative contract value, including its options, amounts to US$1,942,812,266 (S$2.6b).

The PSCs will enable the U.S to maintain defence readiness in the Arctic and Antarctic regions; enforce treaties and other laws needed to safeguard both industry and the environment; secure ports, waterways and coasts; and provide logistical support – including vessel escort – to facilitate the movement of goods and personnel necessary for scientific research, commerce, national security activities and maritime safety.

“The Coast Guard’s heavy polar icebreakers are a critical part of our nation’s ability to protect our interests in the polar regions. Winning the contract to build the Polar Security Cutter is a great achievement for the talented shipbuilders at VT Halter Marine. The ships we build in Mississippi will help close the gap in our polar defence and ensure American mariners cannot be denied access to the Arctic region by our adversaries.”
The Honourable Roger Wicker
Mississippi Senator
“The talented workforce of the VT Halter Marine team is proud to be part of this important effort to strengthen U.S. capability in the polar regions. This contract award is also testimony of U.S.-shipbuilding capability along the Gulf Coast and the great support Mississippi provides to its industries.”
Mr Ron Baczkowski
CEO, VT Halter Marine

Senator Wicker (right) congratulating Mr Baczkowski at a local business luncheon following the contract announcement.