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VT Halter Marine lands $149 million contract from the Navy

Halter Marine, a company of ST Engineering North America, has been awarded a $149 million contract for the detail design and construction of an oceanographic survey ship (T-AGS 67) for the U.S. Navy.

“This contract continues the momentum and growth of Halter Marine by adding a third government program to its shipyard along with the Polar Security Cutter and Auxiliary Personnel Lighter-Small programs. With this contract award, Halter Marine will add approximately 250 highly skilled jobs allowing for the continued development and expansion of our workforce,” said Bob Merchent, President & CEO of Halter Marine.

Halter Marine has delivered seven Pathfinder class vessels to the U.S. Navy.  T-AGS 67 will be the eighth ship in the Pathfinder class – and a modified repeat design of the T-AGS 66 ship.  Both vessels are equipped with a 300-square-feet moon pool for unmanned vehicle deployment and retrieval.  Pathfinder class vessels are multi-mission ships and can perform a variety of operations including hydro-graphic surveys of uncharted regions and advancing an understanding of the ocean water column, sea surface and sea-floor effects on underwater acoustics.


Written by V.T. Halter

VT Halter Marine, the marine operations of ST Engineering North America, is based in Pascagoula, Miss., and is a leader in the design and construction of medium-sized ships in the United States. VT Halter Marine designs, builds and repairs a wide variety of ocean-going vessels such as patrol vessels, oil recovery vessels, oil cargo vessels, ferries, logistic support vessels, auxiliaries, and research and survey vessels. Please visit


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