American Ship Review 2015

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Cargo ship grazes bottom of Brooklyn Bridge

The incident involving Rainbow Quest results in traffic delays but no damage

Riding high on the petroleum revolution

Riding high on the petroleum revolution

Propelled by surging domestic oil and gas production, the U.S. shipbuilding industry is in a position unthinkable during the doldrums of the recession. With order books brimming and liquefied natural gas ushering in a new age of shipping, whispers of overcapacity are being trumped by the sound of hulls hitting the water.

Military work advances in shadow of sequestration, D.C. gridlock

Military work advances in shadow of sequestration, D.C. gridlock

While the U.S. petroleum boom holds the promise of greater gains on the commercial side for American shipbuilders, the outlook isn’t as bright for military orders.

Harvey Energy

Harvey Energy

The maritime industry in the United States has been somewhat slow to embrace liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a fuel for vessels. Harvey Gulf International Marine, by contrast, began moving ahead rapidly as soon as its leadership became convinced of the benefits.

Harvey Energy specifications

Liberty Bay

Liberty Bay

Aboard SeaRiver Maritime’s newest U.S.-flag crude carrier, crew morale was sky high. The 823-foot Liberty Bay had just been officially delivered from Aker Philadelphia Shipyard in June 2014, and the SeaRiver crew was outfitting the tanker in preparation to depart the Delaware River for the ship’s introduction to its West Coast trade route.

Liberty Bay specifications

Tokitae

Tokitae

The christening of Tokitae at the Vigor Fab shipyard in Seattle last spring was a milestone for Washington State Ferries (WSF), culminating a decade of work with the first of a new Olympic class of ships.

Tokitae specifications

Fast Server

Fast Server

Spotting the brilliant orange and yellow of an Edison Chouest oilfield support vessel in the Gulf of Mexico is as common as spotting egrets in a Louisiana swamp, and the boats soon will be even more common.

Fast Server specifications

Fort Ripley

Fort Ripley

Jack of all trades, master of none. When building a boat for multiple missions, it’s a label that can be hard to avoid. You may be able to shimmy all of the pieces into place, but will the final product deliver for all concerned when it finally hits the water?

Fort Ripley specifications

D’Natalin IV

D’Natalin IV

In the early 2000s, a couple of shipyards in the Pacific Northwest began refining the traditional hand lay-up process of composite boat construction by implementing a vacuum infusion method, whereby negative pressure is applied to extract air and at the same time impregnate the mold with resin. Vancouver, Wash.-based Christensen Shipyards was one of those innovators.

D'Natalin IV specifications

Crew/supply boats

Crew/supply boats

There were some issues gnawing at the buoyant Gulf Coast shipyard scene in 2014, primarily the threat of vessel overcapacity and the unrelenting search for qualified welders, fitters and professionals to man the torches and desks of the boatyards.

Ferries

Ferries

A long-awaited industry plum — new boats for the Staten Island Ferry — gained even more appeal last summer when a design contract was awarded to Seattle’s renowned Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG).

Pilots, fire, patrol

Pilots, fire, patrol

Among the noteworthy builds in the past year is Foss Maritime’s new offering for the Port of Long Beach, Calif. — a 108-foot, Robert Allan Ltd.-designed fireboat that will be one of the world’s most powerful.

Research/survey vessels

Research/survey vessels

Will a push for more data on the impacts of climate change lead to a surge in the construction of research vessels?

Top 50 index 2015

This register lists vessels of interest to professional mariners completed by North American shipyards in the year ended Sept. 1, 2014. In the case of sister vessels built by the same yard, we list only one.