Panama City, FL –
PANAMA CITY, Florida (WMBB) – The Eastern Shipbuilding Group hopes its protest against the bidding process for the Coast Guard cutter contract will go its way. But the management is preparing in case this is not the case.
Eastern is currently building the first four cutters on the contract in three phases. The full contract is for 25 cutters. The company is simultaneously seeking more business to replace the lost $3.3 billion contract.
Eastern Shipbuilding deputy program director Brendan D’Isernia said a decision on the protest would be made in October.
He said the company had a thousand people on its staff ready to build the second phase of the cutters.
“If we don’t get additional work to fill it, then yes, there is a risk for those jobs,” D’Isernia said. “So OPC’s second step was the shoo-in to fill that, which is why we’re significantly disappointed and continue to protest the decision.”
But officials are optimistic about the company’s future.
“Regardless of what happens with the Stage 2 protest, I’m here to tell you that the future remains bright,” said Eastern Shipbuilding President Joey D’Isernia.
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