American Ship Review 2012

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Habitability guidelines from ABS aim to improve living conditions for workboat crews

2012 design trends

Dwight S. Ramsay

Dwight S. Ramsay

When Aries Marine Corp. crews assembled around the beginning of this year for sea trials on two platform supply vessels, they expected a unique experience.

Waiting for Washington

Waiting for Washington

Despite the announcement that more than 20 million deepwater acres in the western Gulf will be auctioned off to leasing in December, permits are not being issued fast enough to satisfy shipyards hungry for workboat orders.

Ferries

Ferries

Swan Quarter, a new 220-foot, 50-vehicle ferry, is built for the short chop and constant winds of North Carolina's shallow Pamlico Sound.

Dixie 320

Dixie 320

AET Innovator

It's a safe bet that most Americans don't realize how much of the crude oil they import is lightered offshore from supertankers to smaller vessels that can meet the draft restrictions in ports such as Houston, Texas, or Morgan City, La.

Grand Manan Adventure

When the province of New Brunswick started looking into a new ferry to serve Grand Manan, the largest island in the Bay of Fundy, its crews and engineers began discussing where they needed to make improvements to boost capacity over the existing boats.

Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem

The notion that form must follow function is both a necessity and a challenge when it comes to mega-yachts.

Bernard C. Webber

Top 50 index 2012

Will Navy's future plans get 'pushed to the right'?

Within a month of taking office this summer as Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta was pleading with Congress not to slash the Pentagon budget, already on the hook for $350 billion in cuts over the next 10 years.

Crew/Supply Boats

Crew/Supply Boats

The refrain of Gulf Coast shipyards, lining the bayous close to the offshore oil, has morphed from location, location, location to uncertainty, uncertainty, uncertainty.

Pilots, Fire, Patrol

Pilots, Fire, Patrol

A 64-foot fireboat capable of 45 knots, a new series of yard patrol boats for the U.S. Naval Academy and a trickle of pilot boats highlight this busy segment of the industry.

Christopher Wheatley

Christopher Wheatley

Ever vigilant, the 92-foot fireboat Victor L. Schlaeger and its full-time crew have served the city of Chicago well.