TOPIC: For over 100 years the US has depended on State Maritime Academies (SMA) to prepare future merchant officers to serve on a wide range of vessels. The current SMA training ships are getting up in age and so the US Maritime Administration (MARAD), which owns and funds the training ships, has embarked on a program to design and, it is hoped by many in the maritime industry, to build new training ships with modern propulsion systems and navigation equipment, and outfitted with improved berthing and training facilities. They can also be useful assets for government response to humanitarian and disaster crises in coastal areas as has been done multiple times in recent years by the existing training ships for hurricanes and the Haiti earthquake. This ability to merge two primary missions into one vessel is the reason the design is called the National Security Multi-Mission Vessel (NSMV). Herbert Engineering Corp (HEC) was contracted by MARAD to prepare the NSMV design. Several rounds of design effort have been completed up through the Basic Design stage with about 60 deliverables, the key ones of which were reviewed by ABS for approval in principle. This presentation will show the latest design of the NSMV and discuss some of the key design issues that were encountered. SPEAKER: Eugene Van Rynbach has been an employee of HEC since 2005 and currently manages the Annapolis office. He has forty years of experience in general naval architecture and marine engineering. His experience encompasses a varied background including time as a sea going engineer, classification society engineer, new construction supervisor, and many years working as a technical manager for former containership operator Sea-Land Service. Since joining HEC he has been involved in a wide range of projects including the National Security Multi-mission Vessel (NSMV) design project for a new training ships for the State Maritime Academies and AMH Coastwise Trailership designs, both for MARAD, new vessel propulsion and hull design, FPSO Conversion design, new construction plan approval, LNG fuel system design, and vessel modification and repair designs . Eugene has a B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, and a M. Sc. Degree in Transportation Management from SUNY Maritime College.WEBINAR:Can't make the meeting? Register to view the webinar here.