The Naval Sea Systems Command (NSMC) announced Thursday it has signed a memorandum of understanding with a private maritime engineering firm to begin a pilot program to salvage marine engines that are in danger of breaking down.
The agreement is the first in a long-term contract to salvage Marine engines, which can last decades.
The memorandum of agreement was signed by the head of the program, retired Navy Rear Admiral Mark Clements, and his senior adviser, Robert McManus, at the NSMC headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The Marine Engine Safety and Performance Program (MEPSP) will conduct a pilot demonstration of MEPSP’s marine engine recovery capability in a portion of the North Sea in the United Kingdom.
The MEPSS program will use existing commercial vessels and marine engines to perform a series of tasks for which a single engine is unsuitable, such as loading cargo, powering a diesel engine or operating a marine vessel.
The MEPSSP program is expected to cost between $250,000 and $300,000 to procure, according to the memorandum of intent, and will be funded through the Naval Sea Operations Center.
The U.K. Government has awarded the program a contract worth up to $150,000 for a first demonstration of the MEPSPS program.
The U.S. Government is also funding the program through the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which is tasked with developing a single-engine replacement for all of the U.T.G.E. and GE engines on U.N. vessels and at sea.
A Marine Engine Salvage Program pilot program will be implemented in England, the U,S.
and the Netherlands.
The program is scheduled to last from 2019 to 2023.