The ship is 460 feet-long (140m) with a beam of 88 feet (28m) for a full-load displacement of 23,200 tonnes propulsed by diesel/electric engines. This cutter could accomodate 186 persons. It has a large flight deck to host helicopters such as the H53 King Stallion or Sikorsky H-60. The hull design is based on Polar 2 class icebreaker.
For the record, the U.S. Department of the Navy has awarded VT Halter Marine as the Prime Contractor for a US$745,940,860 (about S$1b) fixed-price incentive-firm contract in 2019 for the detail design and construction of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Polar Security Cutter (PSC). The PSC contract is a multi-year programme and a USCG major system acquisition to acquire up to three multimission PSCs to recapitalise the USCG fleet of heavy icebreakers and replace the four-decades old Polar Star heavy icebreaker.
This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to US$1,942,812,266 (S$2.6b). The first ship delivery is scheduled to occur in 2024. If the options are exercised, the second and third vessels are expected to be delivered in 2025 and 2027 respectively.
VT Halter Marine was involved in the design analysis study of the PSC since February 2017 and is currently in the production engineering studies support work since February 2019.