First U.S Training Ship Empire State Delivered By Philly Shipyard To MARAD

Philly Shipyard recently delivered the first of the five newly built modern training vessels constructed for the state maritime academies of the U.S. The ship ‘Empire State’ has been allocated to New York’s SUNY Maritime College.

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These ships are known as National Multi-Mission Vessels or NSMVs. The other remaining ships will also be delivered soon to offer top-class training to the US’s future mariners.

Philly Shipyard and TOTE services delivered the 159.85 m long and 27 m wide vessel to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD).

This is the first time that the United States has constructed a ship for training purposes of merchant marine, who have been trained on ships given by MARAD after they ended their service.

Empire State has taken the place of the ship of the same name. The latter entered service in 1962 and was a breakbulk cargo vessel that served as the college’s training vessel since 1989. She set sail on her last voyage on May 27th for a 75-day long term with 442 cadets and 81 staff and crew. The training vessels remain at the college campus when not involved in training.

The training ships can also offer humanitarian aid and be deployed to disaster relief missions if needed. These ships have several educational and instructional areas, an entire training bridge and living quarters for 600 cadets.

They are equipped with a RORO ramp and cargo crane and can handle containers that broaden the scope of training. They will also feature hospital facilities and a helipad and can accommodate at least 1,000 people in humanitarian emergencies.

The NSMV Program was given a green fag in 2019, with the contract for the initial vessels awarded in 2020. It is also the first shipbuilding program sponsored by the country’s government to use the VCM or Vessel Construction Manager model.

In this model, a government contractor is responsible for selecting and overseeing a shipyard that uses best practices to manage a project. TOTE Services is managing the program as the master contractor to MARAD.

The second training ship, NSMV II, assigned to Massachusetts Maritime Academy as the Patriot State, is about to be completed and will be delivered in 2024. The keel laying for the third ship, NSMV III, destined for Maine Maritime Academy, and the cutting of steel for NSMV IV, made for Texas A&M Maritime Academy, was completed recently.

NSMV V is not yet constructed. However, construction of this fifth training vessel for California Maritime Academy will begin by the end of this year, with all vessels to be delivered by 2026.

MARAD believes that constructing vessels explicitly built for training and instruction will eliminate the shortage of qualified naval personnel necessary for propelling the armed forces and commercially owned sealift vessels since over half of all new officers are graduates of state maritime academies.

References: yahoo,

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