Per the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 (H.R. 3619 of the 111th Congress), and until Congress rescinds or changes the requirement, all cutters, excepta National Security Cutter, acquired by the USCG shall be classed by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS):
"The Commandant shall cause each cutter, other than a National Security Cutter, acquired by the Coast Guard and delivered after the date of enactment of theCoast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 to be classed by the American Bureau of Shipping before final acceptance." (Section 573(c)(3)(A))
Therefore, ABS is the only entity statutorily available to the USCG for the classing of all cutters, other than a National Security Cutter.
This notice does not constitute a Request for Proposal (RFP), or a promise to issue a RFP in the future. Proposals submitted based on this notice will not be accepted. This announcement constitutes the only notice of intent to award a sole-source LH contract and a written solicitation will not be issued. Questions concerning this acquisition may be directed to Molly O'Keefe (Molly.O'Keefe@uscg.mil) and Nicole Butts (Rinalda.N.Butts@uscg.mil).