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CBP is planning to procure numerous ‘Coastal Interceptor Vessels’

CBP wants to hear from boat manufacturers interested in building an unspecified quantity of “Coastal Interceptor Vessels” (CIVs) that could be used to pursue suspect vessels and enable CBP personnel to board and search such vessels; arrest violators; and seize the vessel and any contraband it was carrying.

“The CIV shall be capable of tactical and interdiction operations that include performing high speed maneuvers and turns in close proximity of another vessel,” explains a Request for Information (RFI) issued by CBP on May 31.

The interceptor vessels will have an overall length of 42 feet, a maximum beam of 11 feet, a maximum draft of 36 inches, a range of 400 nautical miles and a speed of 60 knots, says the presolicitation notice.

The vessel will be constructed of fiberglass reinforced plastic and have a crew capacity of four, which would be accommodated in shock-mitigating seats.

“The vessel shall include the hull, deck, console, T-top, propulsion, electrical system, command & control, tanks, steering, trim tabs, outfitting, and road trailer,” said the CBP notice. The “mission systems” (including sensors, radios, and data links) would be integrated by a third-party vendor, said the RFI.

Prospective boat builders have until June 19 to ask questions of CBP, and have until June 26 to submit their responses to the RFI, which should not exceed a 50-page maximum.

Further information is available from Ronald Rosenberg at 202-344-2985 or ronald.rosenberg@dhs.gov.


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