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Murray Announces $6.7 Million Coast Guard Contract for Todd Shipyard

Apr 04 2002

Three month overhaul of Coast Guard Icebreaker POLAR SEA will begin May 15

(SEATTLE) -- Sen. Patty Murray announced today that Todd Pacific Shipyard in Seattle has won a competitive bid to do $6.7 million worth of work on the Coast Guard icebreaker, POLAR SEA (WAGB 11).

The work includes refurbishing turbines and generators, reinstalling propulsion shafts and propellers, overhauling diesel engines and other work.

Several local firms will aid Todd Shipyard with subcontracting work on the ship. Marine Systems, Inc., Precision Engineering, and Frazier Boiler & Ship Repair, (all of Seattle) Northwest Propeller, Pioneer Painting, and Emerald Cleaning Services (all of Tacoma), Eagle Hydraulics of Auburn, and Clarus of Bellingham will share in the work under the contract.

Built in the early 1970s, the POLAR SEA is a 'Polar Class' icebreaker, the largest class of cutter in the Coast Guard fleet. The 400-foot behemoth can produce 75,000 shaft horsepower and carries 1.3 million gallons of fuel.

Though operating out of Pier 36 in Seattle, the POLAR SEA conducts scientific support in the Arctic and Antarctic, as well as providing ice escort for U.S. Government shipping interests in both Polar Regions.