October 15, 2004

Allied Systems Company Provides Rescue Boat Davit System for USCG Integrated Deepwater System Program

Allied System Company's DC-8600CTS rescue boat davit system

Allied Systems Companyís DC-8600CTS will equip the USCG Maritime Security Cutter, Large as part of the Coast Guardís new Maritime Homeland Security Strategy.

Allied Systems Companyís model DC-8600CTS, a single point 7-meter rigid hull inflatable rescue boat davit system with an 8,600 lb safe working load, will be installed on the USCG Maritime Security Cutter, Large (WMSL 750). Currently under construction, the WMSL will be a 421-foot vessel with a 4,112-ton displacement at full load. The ship will be powered by a twin screw combined diesel and gas turbine power propulsion plant designed to travel at maximum speed of 28 knots. The cutter will include:

Allied Systemís rescue boat davit system includes an integral boat cradle, active drive constant tension winch, removable boat docking head and control box. The DC-86000CTS is completely self-contained, requiring only electrical power. It features a watertight tethered electronic control box for normal operations that can be attached to most any desired deck location, in addition to an auxiliary back-up control panel located on the davit. The SOLAS approved davit is powered by a 75 horsepower electro-hydraulic power unit constructed of 316 stainless steel.

The Integrated Deepwater System (IDS) is a critical multi-year, multi-billion dollar program to modernize and replace the Coast Guardís aging ships and aircraft, and improve command and control and logistics systems. It is the largest recapitalization effort in the history of the Coast Guard. When complete, the interoperable IDS system will include three classes of new cutters and their associated small boats, a new fixed-wing manned aircraft fleet, a combination of new and upgraded helicopters, and both cutter-based and land-based unmanned air vehicles (UAVs). All of these highly capable assets are linked with Command, Control, Communications and Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems, and are supported by a new and far-reaching integrated logistics system.

Allied Systems Company is an industry leader in the engineering and manufacturing of specialized heavy lift and material handling equipment. Founded in 1976 and located in Sherwood, Oregon, Allied Systems acquired its Marine Crane Division in 1978, engineering and manufacturing specialized hydraulic box boom cranes for the military, petroleum and shipping industries, among others.

For more information about Allied Systems Company, please visit www.alliedsystems.com. For more information about Allied Systems Cranes, please contact Mike DiFabio by phone at 503-625-2560 or by e-mail at crane@alliedsystems.com.

USCG Maritime Security Cutter, Large (WMSL 750)

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