American Ship Review 2018

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Stacked OSVs stifle Gulf yards; market hot for US boxships

Stacked OSVs stifle Gulf yards; market hot for US boxships

The past year was not kind to many sectors of the foreign shipbuilding industry, and in many respects North American shipyards followed suit as the continued slump in oil prices pushed orders for offshore supply vessels to the brink.

DC push brings new hope for 355-ship Navy

DC push brings new hope for 355-ship Navy

The changing of presidential administrations has brought a lot of uncertainty to the federal budget process, with President Trump’s public support of programs often tempered by contradictory realities when the rubber hits the road.

Year at a glance

2018 Ship of the Year: Araho

2018 Ship of the Year: Araho

In March, aboard the new factory trawler Araho, all was a bustle. The vessel, moored at Pier 91 in Seattle, was fresh from making the Panama Canal from Eastern Shipbuilding in Panama City, Fla.

Araho specifications

Hydrus

Hydrus

Named for a small constellation, Hydrus became the brightest star in San Francisco’s Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) fleet in April.

Hydrus specifications

Liam J. McCall

Liam J. McCall

“Fast, faster, fastest” is a buzz phrase that aptly describes the evolution of SEACOR Marine’s fleet of fast supply vessels (FSVs).

Liam J. McCall specifications

J.L. O'Brien

J.L. O'Brien

The 95-foot J.L. O’Brien, delivered in February, is the fourth oil spill response vessel (OSRV) built by Midship Marine Inc. for Clean Gulf Associates, a nonprofit cooperative in New Orleans.

J.L. O'Brien: Responding in the Gulf

Clean Gulf Associates, formed in 1972 by 33 operators mostly from the oil and gas industry, is among the nation’s oldest spill cooperatives.

J.L. O'Brien specifications

W.T. Hogarth

W.T. Hogarth

When it came time to replace its aging workhorse R/V Bellows, the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) planned to do what it has always done: Buy and retrofit a used boat.

W.T. Hogarth specifications

Black Gold

Black Gold

When a yacht builder or designer knows its audience, it may do things that seem out of the ordinary at first to those not in the know.

Black Gold specifications

Crew/supply boats

Crew/supply boats

Port Fourchon, La., is a lonely place to moor a boat this year.

Ferries/excursion

Ferries/excursion

Over the past year, Metal Shark and Horizon Shipbuilding have rapidly built more than a dozen high-speed ferries for Hornblower’s new commuter service in New York City.

Fire/pilot/patrol

Fire/pilot/patrol

Several large fireboats led the way last year in American Ship Review, but this year’s deliveries and new orders tended to be smaller, faster and nimbler.

Research/survey

Research/survey

While newbuilds in the research sector during the past year didn’t rise to the scale of USNS Maury, a 353-foot survey ship delivered to the Navy in 2016 by VT Halter Marine, there was activity involving smaller vessels at nearly a dozen North American yards.

Megayachts

Megayachts

With five major shipyards accounting for the bulk of the private yacht construction in North America, new yachts over 100 feet in length continue to hit the water — albeit at a more leisurely pace than the boom years a decade ago.

Top 50 index 2018

This register lists vessels of interest to professional mariners completed by North American shipyards in the year ended Sept. 1, 2017.