Preparing to Port: The NSMV-V

Cal Maritime is excited to be one of five state maritime academies receiving a new training ship, the National Security Multi-Mission Vessel (NSMV). In order to prepare for port, the Boat Basin and Pier Expansion (BB&PE) project has launched to make improvements to the boat basin located adjacent the historic boat house. 


NSMV and TSGB illustration


California State University Maritime Academy will soon be the recipient of a new training ship designed to provide a state-of-the-art training platform that ensures the U.S. continues to set the world standard in maritime training.  The National Security Multi-Mission Vessels (NSMV) program will provide the first purpose-built ship for Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Relief (HADR) and the training and education of future mariners.  Cal Maritime’s ship, the fifth and final vessel is designated the NSMV-V during the ship-building process.  This state-of-the-art vessel is scheduled to be delivered to Cal Maritime’s waterfront campus in April of 2026. Learn more about the NSMV.


Boat Basin & Pier Expansion (BB&PE)

The Boat Basin and Pier Expansion (BB&PE) project has the objective of providing a home port for the NSMV-V and improvements to the boat basin located adjacent the historic boat house.  This effort brings together over 20 consultants and subject matter experts, Cal Maritime leadership, California State University (CSU) leadership, U.S. Department of Transportation Marine Administration (MARAD), cadets, faculty, and staff, all in the effort to welcome the NSMV-V.  This is an exciting time at Cal Maritime and an epic advancement for our cadets.

After 24 months of planning and pre-design work, the BB&PE project is taking shape.  We are wrapping up pre-design work that includes exploring the physical characteristics of our site, identifying programmatic requirements, and mapping out our strategy of how we will complete the comprehensive environmental review process prior to construction, scheduled to begin in 2025.

BB&PE milestones: