Keel laid, steel cut at Philly Shipyard for fourth and fifth National Security Multi-Mission Vessels

TOTE Services, LLC and Philly Shipyard, Inc. on December 6 marked a significant construction milestone at a keel laying ceremony for the fourth of five new purpose built, state-of-the-art training vessels for America’s state maritime academies.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) new vessel program – known as National Security Multi-Mission Vessels (NSMVs) – was designed to provide world-class training for America’s future mariners and to support humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions in times of need.

“We extend a warm welcome back to the Texas A&M Maritime Academy leadership and cadets as we celebrate another milestone in the progression of the ship, Lone Star State,” said President and CEO of Philly Shipyard Steinar Nerbovik. “We remain honored to be the shipbuilder of choice for this revolutionary new-build program, and are proud to work alongside of TOTE Services and MARAD on a program that will positively impact the many generations of maritime cadets that follow.”

TOTE Services is the vessel construction manager (VCM) for the NSMV program, the first government shipbuilding program to use the VCM contract model. This innovative approach enables shipyards to apply commercial best practices for design and construction to government vessels.

“We are excited to celebrate this significant achievement today as we continue working to fulfill our commitment to MARAD and our nation’s future cadets by delivering the modern training platforms they deserve,” said TOTE Services President Jeff Dixon. “There is growing interest in the VCM contract model and its potential applicability to government shipbuilding programs to reduce costs, accelerate delivery times, and build more vessels.”

On February 9, TOTE Services, Philly Shipyard and California State University Maritime Academy celebrated the cutting of steel for the fifth National Security Multi-Mission Vessel, which is destined for Cal Maritime in Vallejo, California.

This ceremonial event signifies the start of construction for the vessel and occurred at Philly Shipyard’s plasma cutting machine as the button was pressed to start the plasma steel cutting process.