Philly Shipyard, Inc. has marked the start of fabrication for the second vessel in the series of up to five National Security Multi-Mission Vessels (NSMV) it is set to build.
Fabrication began March 3 with a brief steel cutting ceremony. Representatives from Philly Shipyard, TOTE Services, LLC, and MARAD gathered around the yard’s state-of-the-art plasma cutting machine to watch the official start. The first steel plates cut will be later joined into a double bottom, mid-ship section.
Following the initial steel cutting for NSMV I in December, this week’s event signified the second major construction milestone in the NSMV program.