[By: Eastern Shipbuilding Group]
On Thursday, January 20, Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. (ESG) announced the completion of a new state-of-the-art aluminum superstructure fabrication and assembly hall at its Nelson Street shipyard. This major infrastructure project further leverages ESG’s Nelson Street facility to support multihull production for the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) program for which ESG is the prime contractor. The $5 million facility was funded by the Triumph Gulf Coast Economic Development Program.
“The construction of this new facility demonstrates our commitment to providing the country with a long-term industrial capability capable of building the most exceptional national security assets on time and within budget. Every day, we employ the highest quality craftsmanship to incorporate the finest materials and equipment into these vessels to ensure the success of the USCG mission along our country’s many coasts. Building manufacturing capabilities like this new facility enhances our capabilities while reducing cost and schedule risks. I thank the members of Triumph’s Board of Directors through Begging and their staff, as well as leaders in the region for their investments in support of the USCG OPC program here in Panama City,” said Joey D’Isernia, president of Eastern Shipbuilding Group.
The aluminum fabrication facility, with ample crane capacity and hook height, along with a system of heavily reinforced high-strength concrete slabs and large sliding entrance doors, was specifically designed to support the complete construction of the OPC aluminum superstructure, from fabrication to assembly and outfitting in a covered and controlled environment. The facility is sized to enhance ESG’s ability to support the maximum delivery production rate of two OPCs per year and is part of ESG’s commitment to upgrade and adapt its dedicated Nelson Street shipyard to the USCG to meet the needs of the future fleet of USCG medium endurance cutters.
The facility was commissioned in a ceremony attended by leaders of the United States Coast Guard Project Resident Office and local, state and Triumph Gulf Coast officials.
“The City of Panama City is proud to work with the State of Florida, Triumph Gulf Coast, our Bay County neighbors and the school board in partnership with Eastern Shipbuilding Group to continue supporting the Offshore Patrol Cutter program for the long term. We believe “Our community is second to none across the country in supporting the United States Coast Guard. We commend Eastern Shipbuilding Group for creating jobs and opportunities in the region and for the transformative work it has done since the hurricane. It’s the best shipyard to build OPCs,” said Panama City Mayor Greg Brudnicki.
“Triumph Gulf Coast is pleased to have partnered with the City of Panama City and Eastern Shipbuilding to supply the new aluminum fabrication building so critical to the success of the USCG OPC contract. It is an honor to play a role in supporting our military and we look forward to continuing to support those who protect our nation through partnerships here in Bay County and throughout our region,” said Ben Lee, member of the Triumph board of directors.
In addition to enhanced capabilities, the new hurricane-resistant building is built to Florida’s latest stringent building codes. The original building was destroyed by Hurricane Michael in 2018. Over the past three years, ESG has completely rebuilt its operational facilities with insurance proceeds and has also invested in infrastructure expansion from $50 million in government appropriations and economic development grants. The company has recently completed launch track upgrades, high bulkhead upgrades, build deck extensions, waterway deepening projects and has many other improvement projects underway in as part of its commitment to provide a dedicated facility optimized for the construction of the Offshore Patrol Cutter. At its Allanton shipyard, ESG has built a state-of-the-art C5ISR production facility to perform testing and integration of operational combat systems, equipment and simulators onsite prior to final installation on vessel. ESG will continue to improve its facilities as part of its focused vision to support the USCG’s highest acquisition priority with excellence in shipbuilding.
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