WLB AND WLM: THE NEXT GENERATION OF UNITED STATES COAST GUARD BUOY TENDERS

The US Coast Guard's current fleet of buoy tenders consists of approximately 40 cutters of the WLM and WLB classes. The majority of these vessels were built in the 1942-1944 time frame and have undergone numerous modifications, overhauls, and renovations in their 50-year service lives. In 1979, the US Coast Guard, facing increasing costs associated with operating this ageing fleet of buoy tenders and increasing pressure to control budget growth by operating fewer ships with fewer men, embarked on an ambitious replacement program. This paper discusses the procurement approach resulting from this US Coast Guard initiative and describes the WLB and WLM designs which were selected for this procurement. It also discusses a number of the significant design trade offs and design drivers and provides the rationale for selection of both the overall ship configuration and specific shipboard systems for the two designs.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Marine Technology, v 33 n 2, April 1996, p 141 [23 p, 1 ref, 6 tab, 21 fig]
  • Authors:
    • Bentgen, B F
    • McGrath, F
  • Publication Date: 1996

Language

  • English

Subject/Index Terms

  • TRT Terms: Tenders
  • Subject Areas: Marine Transportation;

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00728104
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 4 1996 12:00AM