Year at a glanceNov 1, 2017 11:23 AM
• Eastern Shipbuilding Group cuts steel on the first of three Ollis-class vessels for the Staten Island Ferry. The 320-foot boats will have Tier 4-compliant engines.
• The U.S. Maritime Administration awards $9.8 million to speed modernization and increase productivity at 18 small shipyards.
• TOTE announces that it will launch mainland-to-Hawaii cargo service, with Philly Shipyard providing four LNG-ready containerships for the route.
• The U.S. Coast Guard announces names for the first 11 offshore patrol cutters, with the first set for delivery from Eastern Shipbuilding in 2021.
• The U.S. House approves a Jones Act waiver for Dakota Creek Industries, which included too much foreign steel in America’s Finest, a $75 million trawler intended for service in U.S. waters.
• Davie unveils the largest naval ship built in Canada: the 599-foot Asterix, a support vessel converted from a containership.
• Vigor launches the 508-foot Harvest, the first liquefied gas barge built in the U.S. for the Jones Act trade since 1982.
• Pasha Hawaii selects Keppel AmFELS of Texas to build two LNG-fueled containerships for the mainland trade.
• The U.S. Navy delays awarding a multibillion-dollar contract to build frigates to succeed its littoral combat ships. Critics say the LCS designs for the new program would leave the ships vulnerable in combat.
• Horizon Shipbuilding delivers the first of 13 boats for Hornblower’s new NYC Ferry service. Metal Shark is providing six more of the 85-foot ferries.
• VT Halter Marine launches El Coqui, one of the world’s first LNG-powered con-ros, for Crowley Maritime.
• The Coast Guard awards contracts to five shipyards — Bollinger, Fincantieri, General Dynamics NASSCO, Ingalls and VT Halter — for design studies for a new generation of heavy polar icebreakers.
• Ingalls receives a contract to build a ninth national security cutter, a project put in jeopardy two months later when President Trump proposes to cut the Coast Guard’s budget by $1.3 billion.
• The International Maritime Organization’s Polar Code enters into force. Safety and pollution mandates apply to all ships built after Jan. 1 that will operate in the polar regions.
• The U.S. Government Accountability Office warns that Congress faces “critical” decisions on the troubled littoral combat ship program, with an additional investment of $14 billion at stake.
• Philly Shipyard delivers American Endurance, the first of four LNG-ready ships for American Petroleum Tankers.
• Facing gaps in capability as it waits for new ships to be built, Canada petitions the marine industry about options for icebreaking and emergency response.
• The Navy commissions USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), the lead ship in a new class of multi-mission stealth destroyers. The ship was sidelined by engineering repairs three times in its first two months at sea.