Gulf Island Shipyards to build new salvage ship for US Navy

The contract awarded to Louisiana-based Gulf Island Shipyards has an initial value of $63.6 million to fund the first Towing, Salvage and Rescue Ship and includes options for the construction of seven additional T-ATS vessels.

The T-ATS Class will replace two different classes of vessels in the Navy: The Safeguard Class of Salvage and Rescue Ship (T-ARS) and the Powhatan Class Fleet Ocean Tug (T-ATF).

The firm-fixed-price and fixed-price with economic price adjustment contract is worth around $63.5 million. This contract includes options for seven additional vessels which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to around $522.7 million.

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The T-ATS will operate as the primary open ocean towing vessel for the U. S. Navy, and will have salvage operations and submarine rescue mission support capabilities. The T-ATS will be based on existing commercial towing offshore vessel designs which provide similar capabilities to those needed for U.S. Navy operations.

The vessel will be capable of performing towing, deep ocean search and recovery, mobile diving and salvage unit-embarked operations, submarine rescue vessel of opportunity, oil spill response, and humanitarian assistance.

The first ship in the class will be built at the company’s shipyard in Houma, Louisiana, and is expected to be completed by September 2020.


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Turkey; 1st ship of RATSHIP project, TCG IŞIN (A-583) commisioned to Navy on 22 July

TCG IŞIN (A-583) was designed by Turkish company SEFT and was built by Istanbul Shipyard in Tuzla, Turkey. She is a dedicated submarine rescue intervention ship to perform subsea and surface rescue operations and  fire fighting capabilities in various sea conditions.

She is equipped with a twin controlled pitch propeller (CPP) system, aft and bow tunnel thrusters and a recractable thruster which allows high manouverability and position keeping capability.

She has 2X3500 kw main engines and two shafts with cpp as main propulsion system. And she is capable of max. 18 knots with full load at 2400 tonnes.

The ship has a wide range of equipments for rescue and towing operations. She has the ability of intervention on a damaged submarine in 600 m with Submarine Emergency Ventilation and Decompression (SEVDS) System. There is also a diving stage, a decompression chamber for 6 people, towed side-scan sonar system and Remote Operation Vehicle (ROV) with their LARS.

TCG IŞIN (A-583) is also a diving support ship with high pressure breathing air compressors and HeO2 mixed gas system installed onboard the ship.

TCG AKIN (A-584), the second ship of the project is now conducting sea trials and according to navy authorities it is planned to deliver the ship at the end of Semptember 2017.

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TCG IŞIN (A-583) commissioning ceremony at İstanbul Shipyard
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TCG IŞIN (A-583) commissioning ceremony at İstanbul Shipyard

Please follow the below links for more information about the projects and the ship details:

İstanbul Shipyard Official WebSite…

Data Sheet for RATSHIP Project…