US-based Halter Marine, a company of ST Engineering North America, has been awarded a contract option for the US Navy’s fifth Class 67 Auxiliary Mooring and Disembarking Barge.
APLs are used by the Navy to house crew members when ships are in port for standby and inter-deployment training cycles. Barges are mobile and can be towed to new bases or shipyards to meet changing fleet needs and also offer potential use for humanitarian missions and other temporary assignments.
The contract award announced on Friday is $ 41 million for a firm, fixed-price option for the detailed design and construction of the vessel. Construction is expected to start in August 2021.
“We appreciate the Navy’s continued confidence in Halter Marine in awarding us this fifth APL mooring barge,” said Bob Marchand, President and CEO of Halter Marine. âWe have extensive experience in the design and construction of multi-vessel contracts for the Navy. We look forward to delivering the first three APLs this summer. “
In September 2018, Halter Marine was awarded the initial contract for the design and construction of two units, with options for four additional units. Construction of the fourth ship is expected to be completed in summer 2021.
The construction of all APL boats is firm, at a fixed price. If the Navy exercised all options with associated supplies and services, the total contract award would exceed $ 244 million, Halter Marine said.
âDesigning and building five APLs here in Jackson County, Mississippi is good for our local community and economy,â said Kevin Amis, executive vice president of operations. âHalter Marine continues to hire skilled local artisans, and we are training 55 more through our apprenticeship program. This APL program benefits both the livelihoods of local artisans and our national security. “
The ships are 82 meters long x 20.95 meters wide x 2.2 meters draft. Each ship is equipped with offices, classrooms, washrooms, laundry facilities, medical care areas, hair salon and fitness center. Since the mess can accommodate 224 military personnel and 28 officers, each meal is served in five 20-minute shifts to accommodate food service for 1,130 personnel (three meals per day). The ships are equipped with mixed berthing spaces for 74 officers and 537 non-commissioned members, for a total of 611 people.