American Ship Review 2017

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Oil doldrums keep lid on OSV demand, but torches stay hot in other markets

Oil doldrums keep lid on OSV demand, but torches stay hot in other markets

For American shipbuilders, 2016 will go down as a year of haves and have-nots, a reality tied directly to global oil markets.

Moving forward with LNG

Year at a glance

Eastern wins long-awaited OPC contract; icebreakers gain in Congress

Eastern wins long-awaited OPC contract; icebreakers gain in Congress

As the calendar flipped to September, all eyes in the world of military shipbuilding turned intently to Washington as the Coast Guard prepared to deliver the biggest procurement plum in decades: a contract potentially worth $10 billion to build up to 25 offshore patrol cutters.

2017 Ship of the Year: Protector

2017 Ship of the Year: Protector

The “May grays” had dropped a heavy morning curtain on Port of Long Beach, but the lack of sunshine did little to tarnish the gleam of Protector, the harbor’s new fireboat.

Changing times, changing missions

Protector specifications

Atlantic Pioneer

Atlantic Pioneer

On a blue-sea, blue-sky day at Quonset Point in North Kingstown, R.I., Atlantic Pioneer cleared the breakwater and entered Narragansett Bay.

Atlantic Pioneer specifications

Magnolia State

Magnolia State

In 2006, General Dynamics NASSCO took on a five-ship contract to build product tankers for U.S. Shipping Partners LP.

Safety first with PMA+

Magnolia State specifications

Harvey Sub-Sea

Harvey Sub-Sea

Deep into the Gulf of Mexico oil field doldrums, there are still a few support vessel hulls moving module-by-module toward completion.

Rising to the challenge

Harvey Sub-Sea specifications

Woods Hole

Woods Hole

The Massachusetts port of Woods Hole harbors an extensive collection of watercraft, most notably fisheries and oceanographic research vessels and the Steamship Authority’s fleet of ferries.

Woods Hole specifications

Crew/supply boats

Crew/supply boats

A deafening silence has descended on shipyards along the Gulf Coast in the wake of the titanic sinking of the global oil market.

Ferries/excursion

Ferries/excursion

Hornblower Inc.’s preparations in 2016 for the new Citywide Ferry Service in New York included perhaps the largest single ferry order in U.S. history, while major West Coast operators moved ahead with plans to replace older vessels.

Fire/pilot/patrol

Fire/pilot/patrol

Two impressive West Coast arrivals paced the fireboat sector in 2016, with the delivery of Protector to the Port of Long Beach and Fireboat 3 to the San Francisco Fire Department.

Research/survey

Research/survey

The demand for data from the world’s oceans continues to grow as researchers respond to the effects of climate change and look to advance the extent and accuracy of seafloor mapping.

Megayachts

Megayachts

North American yacht builders continue to work to regain the strength sapped by the economic turmoil of 2009.

Top 50 index 2017

This register lists vessels of interest to professional mariners completed by North American shipyards in the year ended Sept. 1, 2016.