VT Halter Marine to Build Fourth Auxiliary Personnel Lighter Vessel for Navy; Tom Vecchiolla Comments

Jeff Brody
Tom Vecchiolla

VT Halter Marine, a shipbuilding unit of ST Engineering North America, has been awarded a one-year, $39.9M contract option to design and build an additional mobile berthing barge for the U.S. Navy.

ST Engineering NA said Friday the service branch exercised an option on a potetial $244M contract to procure the fourth Auxiliary Personnel Lighter–Small 67 Class vessel.

The original contract, which the Navy awarded in September 2018, calls for VT Halter Marine to construct and deliver the first two APLs by the third quarter of this year. The award includes options for the construction of four more barges, with the third barge slated for delivery later this year and the fourth in the summer of 2021.

Tom Vecchiolla, president and CEO of ST Engineering NA and former Wash100 winner, told GovCon Wire the award is “a testament to the professional workforce” of VT Halter Marine.

Vecchiolla added the vessels provide a modern berthing system for country’s sailors.

The APL platform can be towed to shipyards and bases to house crewmembers working on specific fleet requirements and interdeployment training cycles.

Each barge is designed to accommodate over 600 people and include various facilities such as offices, classrooms, medical treatment stations and recreation areas.

You may also be interested in...

DFT

Digital Force Technologies to Become Platform Company of DC Capital Partners

Digital Force Technologies has signed a strategic partnership with DC Capital Partners, allowing the private equity investment firm to run DFT as a platform company within its portfolio of businesses.

F-35

Lockheed Gets $710M Contract Modification for F-35 Production Materials

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has been awarded a $709.8M contract modification by Naval Air Systems Command to obtain materials needed for the low-rate initial production of additional F-35 jets for U.S. and foreign military sales customers. The modification funds material purchases for lot 15 through lot 17 aircraft of the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps as well as FMS and non-Department of Defense participants, DoD said Monday.