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Manitowoc Awarded Coast Guard Contract

Posted on June 26, 2006

The Manitowoc Company announced that, as prime contractor and program manager, it has been awarded a multi-year contract by the U.S. Coast Guard for the construction and delivery of up to 250 Response Boat-Medium (RB-M) vessels for a total contract value of up to US$600 million.

Manitowoc will share the contract equally with its RB-M team partner, Kvichak Marine Industries of Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in the first half of 2008. The final design incorporates a 13.7 meter, self- righting aluminum hull propelled by twin water jets. The RB-M's diesel engines total 1230 kW and provide a top speed in excess of 42 knots. The winning prototype utilized a design from Camarc, Ltd. and was constructed by Kvichak. Both Kvichak and Camarc have long experience in jet-driven, high- speed aluminum boats.

The Manitowoc/Kvichak team won a three-year competition to develop the replacement for the Coast Guard's original fleet of 208 12.5 meter Utility Boats (UTBs), which entered service in 1973. While the UTBs were primarily designed for search-and-rescue missions, the Coast Guard's current mission mandate now includes recreational boating safety, marine environmental protection, law enforcement/Homeland Security, and port and coastal security. The RB-M will also be operationally compatible with Department of Defense missions.

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