U.S. Maritime Administration issues RFP for new training, emergency response vessels
The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) has released a Request for Proposal (RFP) 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.
“A new multi-mission vessel built by an American shipyard will not only create new jobs, but help train the next generation of American mariners and contribute to disaster relief,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.
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 U.S. shipbuilding and repair industry is vital to the economic strength and security of our nation,” added Maritime Administrator Mark H. Buzby, “and this project will demonstrate that American shipbuilding remains the global standard of excellence.”
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 first-rate 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. The first NSMV is expected to be delivered to the Maritime Administration in 2022.
The Request for Proposal can be found here.