America's 1st National Security Multi-Mission Vessel, Empire State VII

Newly constructed training ship will serve as a modernized instructional platform for Maritime College cadets

SUNY Maritime College

Published Sep 18, 2023 1:57 PM by The Maritime Executive

[By: SUNY Maritime College]

In a first for the State and City of New York, and the borough of the Bronx, a new purpose-built training ship – the Empire State VII – will arrive at Olivet Pier, SUNY Maritime College accompanied by a parade of ships on Monday, September 18, 10:30 a.m.

Tours of the ship will be available for elected officials, VIPS and members of the press after the Arrival and Delivery Ceremony on Friday, September 22, 9:00 a.m.

Constructed in the U.S. and designated for each of America’s state maritime academies, the Empire State is the first of five National Security Multi-Mission Vessels (NSMV). It is a world-class training ship and instructional platform designed to serve a dual purpose: supporting merchant mariner education and assisting with humanitarian/ disaster relief during times of national emergency. The ship’s arrival is a milestone event for Maritime College and the maritime industry.

Conceptualization, construction and arrival of the Empire State VII is a historic achievement made possible with the help of elected officials, maritime industry partners, stakeholders and alumni who supported the efforts of SUNY Maritime College President RADM Michael Alfultis as he traveled to Washington, D.C. over several years to speak with Congressional members. “This is an exciting day for Maritime College as we welcome the Empire State VII to its home port,” said RADM Alfultis. “This state-of-the-art training ship will provide our cadets the most advanced technology in the shipping and maritime industry, and ensure they are prepared to operate and maintain vessels as licensed deck officers and engineers. We appreciate the National Security Multi-Mission Vessel Program’s bipartisan support of the state maritime academies. We also appreciate the support of New York Governor Kathy Hochul and SUNY Chancellor John B. King.”

Fabrication of the Empire State VII began with steel-cutting in 2021 followed by the laying of the ship’s keel in 2022 and Christening in spring 2023. The new training ship features numerous instructional spaces, a full training bridge, and accommodations for up to 600 cadets to train in a first-rate maritime academic environment at sea.

In addition to being a state-of -the-art training and educational platform, the Empire State VII features a modern hospital facility, a helicopter pad, and the ability to accommodate up to 1,000 people in times of humanitarian need. Adding to its capability, the ship will provide needed roll-on/roll-off and container storage capacity for use during disaster relief missions.

Vessel specifications:

  • Length: 159.85 m
  • Breadth: 27.00 m
  • Draft, scantling: 7.50 m
  • Total berthing: 760 people
  • Speed: 18 kts
  • Deadweight: 8,487 MT

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