Philly Shipyard, Inc., reached a remarkable milestone this week with the announcement of the cutting of steel for the fourth National Security Multi-Mission Vessel (NSMV), which is destined for the Texas A&M Maritime Academy in Galveston, Texas, upon its expected completion in 2025.
The U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration’s (MARAD) NSMV program is designed to provide a purpose-built, state-of-the-art training platform for the state maritime academies in New York, Massachusetts, Maine, Texas, and California, respectively.
This next-generation training fleet will address a critical shortage of qualified officers necessary to crew government and commercial owned sealift ships. In addition to providing world-class training for America’s future mariners, the NSMVs will be available to support humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions in times of need.
“With this milestone event in the NSMV program, we now have four ships under active construction and strong backlog into the future,” said Steinar Nerbovik, President and CEO, Philly Shipyard. “I want to thank everyone involved in this project across the board, including all of our advocates, our partners at MARAD and TOTE Services, our suppliers, and of course the staff and workers around me who are supporting and constructing these important vessels that will build America’s maritime future.”
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