Pascagoula, Miss., Nov 1, 2018 – VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), announced the award for detailed design and construction (DD&C) for two Firm and up to four Optional Auxiliary Personnel Lighter Small APL-67 Class berthing barges by the U. S. Department of the Navy. These vessels were awarded to VT Halter Marine September 17th, 2018 in response to the Limited Competition Solicitation N00024-17-R-2230.

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) has awarded both APL-67 and APL-68 to VT Halter Marine with deliveries for the vessels anticipated for the second and third calendar quarter of 2020, respectively. Should the Navy exercise all of the options to purchase the remaining four vessels (i.e.: APL Vessels 69-72) with associated supplies and services, the contract award would be in excess of $244 million. The options could be exercised for delivery during fiscal years 2019 to 2022.

U. S. Navy APL(S) Barracks Craft (Berthing Barge) are used by the Navy to house crewmembers when ships are under repair or modification. The Navy’s APL(S) are mobile and can be towed to new bases or shipyards to support changing fleet requirements and also offer potential use for humanitarian missions and other temporary assignments.

The new vessels will be 82 meters long x 20.95 meters wide x 2.2 meters draft.  Each vessel will be fitted with mixed gender berthing spaces for 74 officers and 537 enlisted personnel, for a total of 611 people. Additionally, the vessels will be capable of seating 228 enlisted personnel and 56 officers for each meal. Suitably sized food storage, preparation, and serving facilities are also included. Each vessel is equipped with offices, classrooms, washrooms, laundry facilities, medical treatment areas, a barber shop, and a fitness center.

“It is an honor to be selected as the Navy’s shipyard for building the APL Berthing Barges. The shipbuilders at VT Halter Marine are dedicated to providing the Navy the quality vessels that they deserve. We are proud to contribute to our national defense,” said Ronald Baczkowski, CEO of VT Halter Marine.


VT Halter Marine, the marine operations of VT Systems, is based in Pascagoula, Mississippi and is a leader in the design and construction of medium-sized ships in the United States. VT Halter Marine designs, builds and repairs a wide variety of ocean-going vessels such as patrol vessels, oil recovery vessels, oil cargo vessels, ferries, logistic support vessels and survey vessels. Please visit www.vthaltermarine.com.

VT Systems is an engineering company providing integrated solutions to the commercial and government markets in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. VT Systems’ innovative solutions, products and services include aircraft maintenance, repair and modification; software solutions in training and simulation; satellite-based IP communications technology; network solutions that integrate data, voice and video; rugged computers and computer peripheral equipment; specialized truck bodies and trailers; weapons and munitions systems; road construction equipment; and ship design and shipbuilding. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., VT Systems operates globally and is a wholly owned subsidiary of ST Engineering. Please visit www.vt-systems.com.

 

Media contacts:

 

Robert A. Socha

Senior Vice President Business Development 

Corporate Communications

VT Halter Marine

Phone: 228-696-6888

Fax: 228-696-6890

Email: robert.socha@vthaltermarine.com

 

Christine Hicks

Manager, Corporate Communications

VT Systems

Phone: 703-399-2769

Fax: 703-739-2611

Email: chicks@vt-systems.com

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