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to ports, is its Marine Highways pro- as a response vessel in times of national to be less than $900M and the average March, but there’s a lot of work ahead gram, which received an increase to $7 emergency. total cost of the three ships is expected to for stakeholders in all the maritime sec- million for ? scal 2018. A prepared note from RADM Fran be less than $750M. tors; government and commercial alike.

McDonald at the Massachusetts Mari- The FY18 omnibus included $150 mil- That said; it isn’t often that this much

The NSMV Lives time Academy told stakeholders, “It is lion under the Department of Defense good news in way of funding for the wa-

For State Maritime Academies, the important to note that the ? rst ship is title for advance procurement activities terfront is out there to tell, certainly not budget contained the long sought after scheduled to replace SUNY Maritime’s under the Shipbuilding and Conver- all at once.

funds to begin the recapitalization of the aging Empire State and that the second sion, Navy account. The Department Outgoing Coast Guard Commandant nation’s ? eet of aging training vessels. ship is scheduled to replace Massachu- of Homeland Security title included $19 ADM Zukunft exuded optimism at his $300 million was approved to begin the setts Maritime’s Training Ship Kennedy million for program management activi- recent (? nal) state-of-the-Coast-Guard

State Maritime Academy Training Ship (built in 1967). It is critical that fund- ties related to releasing the RFP, review- address at the National Press club, and,

Replacement Program. Known as the ing for the second ship, currently in the ing industry proposals, and ultimately by all appearances, this omnibus did

National Security Multi-mission Vessel President’s FY19 Budget, receive the leading to a detail design and construc- not disappoint. Similarly, funding of the (NSMV), this new-build replacement full support of Congress. As such, I en- tion award in FY19. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers should training ship program will improve the courage the entire Massachusetts Mari- The $150M in FY18 (like the $150M leave commercial inland marine opera- training and stabilize the production of time Academy community to contact in FY17) was provided to the Navy and tors with a sense that the pace will quick- mariners by the nation’s maritime acad- your Congressperson and Senator and supports the Navy-Coast Guard Inte- en on the recapitalization of the nation’s emies for decades to come. encourage them to throw their full sup- grated Program Of? ce’s work to award aging inland locks and dams.

Work to advance this program began port behind the NSMV program.” That’s a contract for detail design and con- From my perspective, I was especially over eight years ago and thanks to much good advice. struction of the polar icebreaker class in happy to see the funding for both the effort by the State Maritime Academies’ FY19. The $300 million fully funds de- NSMV’s and the desperately needed ice- presidents & superintendents, our na- Coast Guard Icebreakers tail design and long lead time materials breakers. Both were ‘must have’ items tion’s elected of? cials, maritime indus- In FY17, Congress appropriated $150 for the ? rst heavy polar icebreaker. for different reasons and different stake- try leaders, the Maritime Administration million of Advance Procurement fund- Production of the ? rst and follow- holders, but I honestly had my doubts and the U.S. Department of Transporta- ing in the Navy’s SCN account. The on heavy polar icebreakers will, said a as to whether both could survive in the tion, completion of the ? nal design and president’s FY19 budget request in- Coast Guard spokesperson, be funded same funding vehicle. It turns out, they construction of the ? rst vessel can com- cludes an additional $720 million for in future ? scal years. The Coast Guard’s can. It all bodes well for the domestic mence. These state-of-the-art training icebreaker construction to continue the FY19 request includes $750 million to commercial waterfront, which, right platforms will each carry 600 cadets and planned recapitalization of the Coast continue these recapitalization efforts. about now, could use some good news. 100 of? cers and crew. They will also be Guard’s polar icebreaker ? eet and asso- And, they got some. designed to support the Federal Emer- ciated non-recurring costs for the class. Christmas in March gency Management Agency (FEMA) The total cost of the lead ship is expected It certainly feels like Christmas in – MLPro

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