American Ship Review 2019

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As oil stabilizes, Gulf yards look to turn the page

As oil stabilizes, Gulf yards look to turn the page

Is this finally the bottom? That’s the question being asked along the U.S. Gulf Coast, where nearly four years after the global oil market collapse, demand for new offshore vessels remains virtually non-existent.

GAO faults Navy’s overruns, deficient work

GAO faults Navy’s overruns, deficient work

The push in Washington for a 355-ship Navy is alive and well, but a recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has cast doubt on the possibility of the service reaching that goal due to ballooning acquisition costs and “poor outcomes.”

Year at a glance

2019 Ship of the Year: Enhydra

2019 Ship of the Year: Enhydra

Northern California has long been a hub for innovation, so it’s probably fitting that the greenest large excursion boat in the United States is now based at San Francisco’s Pier 43 1/2.

Enhydra specifications

El Coqui

El Coqui

Crowley Maritime’s El Coqui, one of the world’s first combination container/roll-on/roll-off ships (con-ros) fueled by liquefied natural gas (LNG), made its maiden voyage from Jacksonville, Fla., to San Juan, Puerto Rico, on July 27.

El Coqui specifications

Magdalen

Magdalen

While the sun rose, the trailing suction hopper dredger Magdalen, like a caterpillar working a leaf, was feeding off the seafloor six and a half miles from Surf City on New Jersey’s Long Beach Island.

Magdalen specifications

Seastreak Commodore

Seastreak Commodore

The fast ferry Seastreak Commodore, resplendent in early morning light, appeared on the East River like the intro to a Hollywood movie.

Seastreak Commodore specifications

Global Provider

Global Provider

The traditional system for refueling ships at anchor or dockside by a push tug and bunker barge is so well established that many American mariners would conclude this must be the only way to get the job done.

Global Provider specifications

Hampton Roads

Hampton Roads

The Virginia Pilot Association, like many of its counterparts around the world, is bound by history and tradition.

Hampton Roads specifications

Northland

Northland

Anyone who is passionate about fishing knows that once the grip takes hold, it’s difficult to shake.

Northland specifications

Crew/supply boats

Crew/supply boats

Only a handful of supply, platform and other large offshore vessels will be produced in the United States this year as builders remain affected by the global oil downturn of 2014.

Crew boat builders struggle to keep the torches lit

Crew boat builders struggle to keep the torches lit

Although the crew boat shipyards, tucked among the sugarcane fields lining Bayou Teche in south Louisiana, are in a deep slump, Gulf Craft, Breaux Brothers and Breaux’s Bay Craft are still employing skeleton crews on a smattering of orders.

Ferries/excursion

Ferries/excursion

Compared to other vessel classes, ferry construction in North America is decidedly booming these days.

Fire/pilot/patrol

Fire/pilot/patrol

Fireboat construction remained steady during the past year as U.S. municipal departments took delivery of multiple notable vessels, including the 108-foot Vigilance built for the Port of Long Beach, Calif.

Research/survey

Research/survey

Most scientists concur that climate change is affecting the Earth’s oceans, impacting weather patterns and aquatic species in the process.

Megayachts

Megayachts

If one thing is certain about North American yacht building in the past decade, it’s the ever-increasing air of secrecy.

Top 50 index 2019

This register lists vessels of interest to professional mariners completed by North American shipyards in the year ended Sept. 1, 2018.