American Ship Review 2016

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Foxx blog: Seaway system needs more U.S. investment

In the Fast Lane blog, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the U.S. needs to devote more resources to St. Lawrence Seaway infrastructure

Belts tighten as oil’s plunge puts industry back on roller coaster

Belts tighten as oil’s plunge puts industry back on roller coaster

What goes up must come down.

Year at a glance

Yards keep producing for Navy, Coast Guard amid specter of new cuts

Yards keep producing for Navy, Coast Guard amid specter of new cuts

There is growing bipartisan agreement in Washington on what U.S. shipbuilders have been saying for years: Across-the-board budget cuts, better known as sequestration, are a bad way to do business.

Isla Bella

Isla Bella

Five years ago, shipowners questioning whether liquefied natural gas was the fuel of the future could cite two simple reasons for not making the move: There wasn’t enough supply infrastructure in place to create demand for LNG-powered ships, and there wasn’t enough demand for LNG ships to stimulate investment in infrastructure.

Isla Bella specifications

Marjorie C

Marjorie C

The 692-foot Marjorie C had just docked in San Diego as part of its second round-trip between the U.S. mainland and its home port of Honolulu.

Marjorie C specifications

Spirit of the Sound

Spirit of the Sound

On a July afternoon, Capt. Paul Lepanto piloted the nation’s first hybrid research vessel as it departed its pier at the Maritime Aquarium of Norwalk for a two-hour public education cruise.

Spirit of the Sound specifications

Sally Fox

Sally Fox

For the 200 commuters disembarking on Seattle’s Pier 50 from Vashon Island on a drizzly July morning, their crisp new ride — the catamaran Sally Fox — provided a bright way to start the day.

Sally Fox specifications

Arcticus

Arcticus

On a windswept day in June, the 78-foot Arcticus left the dock on Thunder Bay River in Alpena, Mich., made its way past Alpena Light and proceeded on a four-hour run to the middle of Lake Huron.

Arcticus, crew hold the line on stormy Lake Huron

Arcticus, crew hold the line on stormy Lake Huron

On a windswept day in June, the 78-foot Arcticus left the dock on Thunder Bay River in Alpena, Mich., made its way past Alpena Light and proceeded on a four-hour run to the middle of Lake Huron.

Arcticus specifications

Crew/supply boats

Crew/supply boats

“It’s quiet out there. Too quiet,” said John Wayne as he peered into the night in an old Western. That quote could be written into a present-day movie script with a shipyard owner looking out over the Gulf of Mexico.

Ferries/excursion

Ferries/excursion

The dream of North American ferries powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) became a reality in 2015 with the arrival and launch of the first such vessels in the St. Lawrence River — one built overseas and one produced by Quebec’s Davie Shipyard.

Fire/pilot/patrol

Fire/pilot/patrol

While demand for newbuilds to service the U.S. oil patch hit the pause button in 2015, security never sleeps.

Research/survey

Research/survey

What will climate change mean for the shipbuilding industry?

Megayachts

Megayachts

by Rebecca Cahilly Despite a notable increase in 60-meter-plus contracts being signed by European yacht builders, production remains slow at most U.S. yards — and nonexistent at some.

Top 50 index 2016