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Designing the New National Security

Multi-Mission Vessel



Herbert Engineering / MARAD or more than 100 years the U.S. The current SMA training ships, all ships being built today. The U.S. Mari- pier much of the year and they are U.S. has depended on State Mari- of which were built for other purposes time Administration (MARAD) owns government owned and managed, they time Academies (SMA) to pro- and later converted to be training ships, and funds the training ships and has em- can also be useful assets for government

Fduce USCG licensed merchant are getting old. The oldest one, Empire barked on a program to design and, it is response to humanitarian and disaster of? cers. The SMA’s have also been an State VI at New York Maritime College, hoped by many in the maritime industry, crises in coastal and port areas. This important source of U.S. Navy and U.S. was originally built as a cargo ship in to build replacement training ships able ability to merge two primary missions

Coast Guard of? cers, as well as trained the early 1960’s and has outdated steam to offer training with modern propul- into one vessel is a critical design feature personnel for the maritime industry and propulsion. The newest training ships, sion systems and navigation equipment, that MARAD is looking to incorporate electric power industries ashore. Key to at Cal Maritime and Maine Maritime, while also out? tted with improved berth- in the new training ships and is the rea- training these future deck of? cers and will soon be 30 years old. Much of the ing and equipped with ? exible and fully son for the class name given to them, the engineers has been the annual sea cruise equipment on these ships is obsolete wired class rooms, workshops and labo- National Security Multi-Mission Vessel on dedicated training vessels. and vastly different from equipment on ratories. Because the vessels are at the (NSMV). 48 Maritime Reporter & Engineering News • AUGUST 2017

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