Bollinger Shipyards delivers 13th FRC to us coast guard
Bollinger Shipyards recently delivered the 13th Fast Response Cutter (FRC), aka the Sentinel-class, to the US Coast Guard. The design of the FRC is based on the parent hull of the Damen Stan Patrol 4708 vessel. Currently, Bollinger holds an exclusive agreement to build up to 58 of the Damen-designed vessels. The contract with the US Coast Guard is a very successful one for the company, with the FRC vessels valued at over USD 50 million each. Previously, Bollinger delivered 76 Marine Protector class vessels, based on the Damen Stan Patrol 2600 design, to the US Coast Guard. The larger Sentinel-class vessels, which have been described as ‘game changers’ by senior Coast Guard officials, are all named after Coast Guard heroes – those who have distinguished themselves in the line of duty. The latest delivery is operating out of San Juan, Puerto Rico. She has been named Richard Dixon, after a Coast Guard hero who undertook a series of daring rescues during severe storms in 1980. The vessels offer speeds up to 28 knots, along with state-of-the-art command, control, communications and computer technology, plus a stern launch system for a 26 foot RHIB.