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2/14/2017: Cooperative research and development agreement: diesel outboard engines

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The Coast Guard announces its intent to enter into a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with Mack Boring & Parts Co to evaluate and test the advantages, disadvantages, required technology enhancements, performance, costs, and other issues associated with diesel outboard engine technology.

A test schedule has been proposed in which Mack will provide and install two of their diesel outboard engines onto a selected Coast Guard boat platform; the Coast Guard Research and Development Center  will outfit the platform with the necessary instrumentation to monitor power, speed, and fuel consumption; and a Coast Guard field unit will operate the boat for performance testing over a six-month period to collect information on reliability, maintenance requirements, and availability data.

While the Coast Guard is currently considering partnering with Mack, the agency is soliciting public comment on the possible nature of and participation of other parties in the proposed CRADA. In addition, the Coast Guard also invites other potential non-Federal participants to propose similar CRADAs.

View the Federal Register notice for information on submitting comments.

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