Maritime Administration Seeks Proposals for Construction of New National Security Ship

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) released a request for proposal (RFP) to solicit for a vessel construction manager (VCM) to deliver a new class of training ships referred to as a national security multi-mission vessel (NSMV). The VCM selected by MARAD will contract with a qualified shipyard to ensure that commercial best practices are utilized in delivering the NSMV on time and on budget.

The 2017 National Defense Authorization Act directed MARAD to “provide for an entity other than the Maritime Administration to contract for the construction of the NSMV.” This procurement process leverages existing marketplace expertise, targeting companies experienced in the production of innovative U.S.-built ships.

The NSMV will help to sustain world-class, U.S. maritime training operations at the State Maritime Academies by equipping young American mariners with a modern and adaptable training platform. The NSMV will feature numerous instructional spaces, eight classrooms, a full training bridge, labs and an auditorium. It will have space for up to 600 cadets to train in a maritime academic environment at sea.

In addition to serving as an educational platform, the NSMV will also be available to support federal government efforts in response to national and international disasters, such as hurricanes and earthquakes. In this role, the NSMV will be equipped to support major federal relief and response efforts, providing hospital facilities, a helicopter landing pad and berthing for up to 1,000 first responders and recovery workers. The NSMV’s roll-on/roll-off ramp and a crane to facilitate container storage capabilities will also enable it to provide critical supplies to damaged port facilities.

The economic benefit of this coastwise-endorsed training vessel extends beyond academics to the replacement of the nation’s aging “training ship” fleet and benefits for the thousands of skilled workers in the shipbuilding and repair industry. The first NSMV is expected to be delivered to the Maritime Administration in 2022.

The RFP can be found at the following link: MARAD NSMV Vessel Construction Management (VCM).

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