The Coast Guard made the draft specification for the Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) available today, as part of the acquisition project’s ongoing industry engagement strategy. Information on how interested U.S. shipbuilders can request a copy of the draft specification and provide feedback to the Coast Guard is available at the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website and the Coast Guard’s OPC acquisition project page. The FBO reference number is HSCG23-11-I-OPCXXX.
Feedback received from industry will be considered by the Coast Guard as it finalizes OPC specifications and develops a formal Request for Proposal (RFP) for preliminary design and construction. Affordability is a very important aspect of the OPC project; the information gained from this and prior and future industry engagements and trade studies will inform the project’s efforts to prudently balance affordability and capability as it addresses the Coast Guard’s critical need for a modern, multi-mission, medium endurance cutter platform.
The draft specification, based on approved operational requirements, extensive market research and prior industry engagement, was developed by the Coast Guard’s OPC project office. The Coast Guard also plans to release a draft RFP later this year and hold a pre-solicitation conference ahead of formally soliciting for preliminary and contract design, detailed design and construction proposals. Both events will offer further opportunity for industry engagement.
Distribution of the draft specification will be limited to U.S. companies only. The OPC will be classed using the American Bureau of Shipping’s Rules for Building and Classing Naval Vessels (ABS NVR), and interested shipbuilders must have access to those rules to properly understand the information provided in the draft specification. Further information and instructions for requesting access to ABS NVR are provided on the Coast Guard’s acquisition website and in the FBO notice.
For more information on the OPC, check out www.uscg.mil/acquisition/opc/