Fincantieri Marine Group has partnered with BMT, a naval architecture and marine engineering design group, as they assist the U.S. Navy in their effort to design and build a cable ship replacement.
The US Navy’s only operational cable ship, USNS Zeus, is at the end of its long service life, and the navy is interested in recapitalizing its undersea cable installation and repair capabilities, as well as adding the new mission sets of acoustic, hydrographic, and bathymetric survey; and deploying and recovering unmanned underwater vessels.
BMT was recently awarded the prime contract to conduct industry studies for the T-ARC(X) cable ship replacement program. Fincantieri Marine Group will support BMT as a major partner, the company said.
“We are pleased to be part of this tremendous industry team led by BMT on this important program,” Mark Vandroff, Fincantieri Marine Group’s Senior Vice President of Business Development, commented.
Italian shipbuilding group Fincantieri operates in the United States through its subsidiary Fincantieri Marine Group (FMG).