According to Philly Shipyard, the construction of the fifth training ship within the National Security Multi-Mission Vessel (NSMV) program has been confirmed. The Philadelphia-based shipyard reports that it has received approval from Tote Services, a supplier that manages the U.S. Department of Transportation’s maritime administration program. The ship’s financing is included in the Consolidated Funds Act 2022, which finances the US government until September 2022.
The ship’s line is the fifth and final ship planned under the program, the first time the U.S. government has built modern ships for state-run maritime training schools. Historically, academies, which train about 70 percent of U.S. maritime industry officials, have committed to giving me ships that are old and retired from the commercial industry. The ships lack modern equipment and dedicated training facilities.
After years of planning, MARAD selected Tote Services as program management in May 2019, and in April 2020 confirmed the order for the first two ships in the program. Additional funding was provided by the US Congress for a second order, to be placed in January 2021, for the third and fourth ships.
The ships are designed to provide state-of-the-art maritime academies in New York, Massachusetts, the Navy, Texas and California with modern and flexible training platforms. The NSMV has several training areas and a complete training bridge with accommodation for up to 600 cadets who can train in schools and annual training trips. Along with serving as a training and education platform, the NSMV can also be used to support the federal government’s efforts in response to national and international disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes. In this role of the National Defense Reserve Fleet, the NSMV will include medical capabilities, a command and control platform and a berth for up to 1,000 rescuers and repairmen. The ship’s disaster and crane facilitate container storage, allowing critical support equipment and supplies to be provided during disaster relief missions.
The laying of the NSMV 1 keel, which was assigned to New York, took place in December 2021 and the full start of production of the NSMV 2, which was allocated to Maine, took place in November 2021. Texas. Construction of the fifth ship is expected to begin in 2023 with a contractual delivery date set for 2026, and the ship will move to California.
“This is a really great day for Philly Shipyard, because we are now responsible for building a range of NSMV programs – a physical symbol of MARAD’s investment in future maritime education and training,” he said. Steinar Nerbovik, President and CEO Philly Shipyard. “The NSMV program continues to be a turning point in the transformation of our company to serve the commercial and government markets.”
The contract gives the shipyard, which has no contracts in 2019, to work for at least another five years. The fifth NSMV will be built following a private contract with the shipyard to build and assemble the Subsea Rock vessel for Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, which plans to deploy the ship to build offshore wind farms to support it. The Great Lakes Dredge also has a sisterhood. Philly Shipyard said the new contract would allow the plant to reach full expansion capacity by 2022 with a current workforce of nearly 1,200 people.