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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWS CENTER) - - Bath Iron Works said 1200 jobs could be at risk following an announcement on Thursday by the US Coast Guard that BIW will not get a contract to manufacture Coast Guard cutter vessels.
According to the Portland Press Herald, Bath Iron Works has lost an estimated $10.5 billion contract to build a new generation of cutters for the Coast Guard. “The contract was awarded to Eastern Shipbuilding Group in Panama City, Florida,” Said Press Herald.
General Dynamics Bath Iron Works president Fred Harris said, “We plan to meet with the Coast Guard to understand their selection decision.”
Congressman Bruce Poliquin issued the following statement in response to the Coast Guard’s Cutter contract announcement:
"The hardworking men and women at Bath Iron Works have an unmatched reputation for producing the best, most effective and most reliable ships in the world, providing an invaluable contribution to our national security and military strength around the globe," said Congressman Poliquin. "This news is very disappointing as I am confident that their work on this contract would have been nothing short of their exceptional standard. I will investigate the Coast Guard's decision on this and will continue to support the nearly 6,000 highly skilled workers and the tremendous work they do to keep our nation safe."
U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King released a statement Thursday on the Coast Guard’s award of the Offshore Patrol Cutter contract:
“We are deeply disappointed by the Coast Guard’s announcement and believe that Bath Iron Works, with its outstanding shipbuilding record, would have delivered nothing but the best, highest-quality cutters to the Coast Guard,” Senators Collins and King said in a joint statement. “We intend to evaluate the details of the award to ensure that the Coast Guard properly met all of its decision criteria, and we will continue to do all that we can to support the highly-skilled men and women at BIW who do so much to support our nation’s security.”
According to the Associated Press, Bath Iron Works hasn't built a Coast Guard ship since the 1930s but officials warned that its future hinged on landing the contract. The shipyard's workforce was told there would be steep cuts - as many as 1,200 jobs - if the yard failed to land the contract.
"Bath Iron Works was one of three shipyards under consideration in a design competition. A BIW spokesman confirmed the loss of the contract Thursday evening," according to the AP.
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