NSMV: The Model for the Future of Government Shipbuilding


Jeff Vogel, Contributor

Jeff Vogel is a partner in Cozen O’Connor’s Transportation & Trade Group....

August 14, 2023

(Photo: Philly Shipyard)

At the time of publication, the first National Security Multi-Mission Vessel (NSMV), the Empire State VII, is steadily advancing towards its final delivery to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) and SUNY Maritime College. Let’s be clear—this is a huge win, not only for MARAD, its vessel construction manager TOTE Services, the shipbuilder Philly Shipyard, and SUNY Maritime, but for the future of government shipTo put this milestone in its appropriate context, it is worth reviewing how we got here. The NSMV program has a long history, transcending Presidential administrations and Congressional leaders. In 2015, MARAD engaged with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Volpe Center to make the

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The OECD Council Working Party on Shipbuilding (WP6) provides an international platform for the exchange of information as well as the elaboration of economic and policy analysis on several aspects of the shipbuilding sector. Under its mandate, the WP6 aims to establish normal competitive conditions in the shipbuilding industry, notably by encouraging transparency and consulting with both non-OECD economies and relevant industry groups.

Recent work of the WP6 covers areas such as:

  • The compilation and analysis of subsidies and other support measures provided to the shipbuilding sector through an inventory in which a number of non-OECD economies also participate.
  • Analyzing the nature and effect of factors that can distort the shipbuilding market.
  • Country-level peer reviews of domestic shipbuilding industry and related government policies. 
  • Analyzing supply and

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The naval architecture sector is once again highlighted on Baird Maritime. This week’s lineup of vessels covers newbuilds of a variety of sizes, from large Ro-Ros to small boats powered by electric propulsion, thus indicating the scope of the sector’s capabilities.

Design • Testing • Analysis • Software • Engineering

As this week also focuses on the marine research and training sectors, the lineup also includes a research vessel, training vessels, and survey boats. Most use traditional monohull designs while one is catamaran for greater stability necessary for extended research missions offshore.

Remember to visit these pages regularly as we bring to you more of the latest developments in naval architecture.

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China's shipbuilding industry sees large growth






By Zhong Nan | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2023-06-26 11:13
 China's first domestically built large cruise ship, Adora Magic City, build by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co, a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation, completes its undocking process in Shanghai on June 6, 2023. [LONG WEI / FOR CHINA DAILY]

China's shipbuilding industry saw new vessel orders surge 49.5 percent year-on-year in the first five months of 2023, official data showed.

New orders, a major indicator of the shipbuilding industry, stood at 26.45 million deadweight tons (DWT) during the five-month period, with a global market share of 67.3 percent, according to statistics released by Beijing-based China Association of the National Shipbuilding Industry.

The country's shipbuilding output grew by 15.4 percent

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Photo: Vard


A partnership led by Norwegian energy company Equinor has commenced development of a platform supply vessel (PSV) powered by batteries to ensure emission-free operations, particularly in the North Sea.


Under the Plug-In Electric Zero-Emission Offshore-Ship (PIEZO) project, Norwegian shipbuilder Vard has developed a concept design for a PSV that will use batteries as the primary energy source and that will be capable of offshore charging. Other partners on the project include Norwegian private research organisation SINTEF, the Research Council of Norway, battery manufacturer Corvus Energy, and vessel operator Solstad Offshore.

The goal is to introduce an 82-metre-long PSV that will operate almost entirely on batteries while transporting cargo to offshore production facilities off the coast

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