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Posted on: October 20, 2021

Update: SAFE Boats awarded new Naval contract, will add 75 new maritime workers

Update: SAFE Boats International has been awarded an $89,717,984 firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded contract for design, construction, outfitting, reactivation, and training for six Mk VI Patrol Boats with an option for two additional vessels.

This contract will provide Mk VI Patrol Boats to Ukraine via a US State Department-approved agreement utilizing Building Partner Capacity (BPC) and Foreign Military Financing (FMF) funds. Work will be performed in Washington State and SAFE Boats expects to increase their workforce by creating up to 75 new positions, primarily at their Tacoma facility. Final delivery on the contract is slated for March 2025, or March 2026 if the option is exercised.

“This award is the culmination of hard work and collaboration by the SAFE Boats Team, our supply chain partners, and the U.S. Government.  We are excited to be part of this important program and to have the opportunity to expand our workforce; no small feat in our current economy.” said Richard Schwarz, CEO of SAFE Boats International.

Propelled by HamiltonJet waterjets and twin, 2,600 horsepower, MTU 16V 2000 series diesel engines (5,200 horsepower total), the eighty-five-foot-long Mk VI Patrol Boat has a range of 600+ nautical miles, a cruising speed of 25+ knots with a sprint speed of 35+ knots, and a draft of 4.5 feet, making it ideal for littoral operations. 

ABOUT SAFE BOATS INTERNATIONAL:

SAFE Boats International is a leading supplier of purpose-built, well-crafted aluminum boats designed for first responders, military personnel, and research and private use. SAFE Boats are trusted by state and federal agencies and municipalities, large and small, and can be found in use all over the world, including in nearly every state in the U.S. The quality of SAFE Boats’ engineering, design, and manufacturing has delivered millions of hours of service on the water with no hull failures. 

March 11, 2021 announcement: https://www.edbtacomapierce.org/safeboatsnavalcontract/

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