American Ship Review 2020

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OSV stacks keeping Gulf quiet; Jones Act cargo ships gain spotlight

OSV stacks keeping Gulf quiet; Jones Act cargo ships gain spotlight

In a familiar refrain, it was tough to find torches burning at Gulf Coast shipyards during the past year.

Offshore wind generates orders for Jones Act workboats

Offshore wind generates orders for Jones Act workboats

While the market for new workboats is virtually nil along the Gulf Coast, hope is in the wind for shipbuilders in the mid-Atlantic and the Northeast.

Icebreakers cometh for US, Canada as Arctic opens wide

Icebreakers cometh for US, Canada as Arctic opens wide

As Polar Star, America’s only operational heavy icebreaker, faltered again mechanically on its annual resupply mission to Antarctica last winter, lawmakers were finally voting to do something about it.

Year at a glance

2020 Ship of the Year: Pyxis

2020 Ship of the Year: Pyxis

With the sun rising, Pyxis made its way up the Napa River and docked at the Vallejo Ferry Terminal.

Pyxis specifications

Rodanthe

Rodanthe

On a blistering June day, a sizable crowd gathered in the shade of an outdoor shelter fronting the Hatteras Ferry Terminal on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

Rodanthe specifications

National Geographic Venture

National Geographic Venture

Some cruise ships are so packed with amenities that guests never want to leave. National Geographic Venture is designed and outfitted for passengers to get off the vessel and explore their surroundings.

National Geographic Venture specifications

Virginia

Virginia

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) designed its first purpose-built research ship with the present, and the future, in mind.

Virginia specifications

Half Moon Clipper

Half Moon Clipper

Amid the oil industry downturn in the Gulf of Mexico and the corresponding grim economics visited upon aluminum crew boat builders in south Louisiana, Breaux Brothers Enterprises of Loreauville put a new twist on the market.

Half Moon Clipper specifications

Brazos Pilot

Brazos Pilot

On two ride-alongs aboard Brazos Pilot, rough sea conditions did not hinder the new pilot boat from making the sea buoy at the entrance to the harbor at Freeport, Texas.

Brazos Pilot specifications

Crew/supply boats

Crew/supply boats

U.S. shipyards will produce only a few offshore supply vessels (OSVs), which are considered the lifeline to oil and gas rigs, this year.

Ferries/excursion

Ferries/excursion

Ferry operators on all U.S. coasts have expanded their fleets over the past year with sleek, cleaner-running vessels that meet the rising demand for new commuting options, particularly in the largest cities.

Fire/pilots/patrol

Fire/pilots/patrol

Building activity in the fireboat, pilot boat and patrol boat sectors was slow but steady during the past year.

Research/survey

Research/survey

It took more than nine years, but Canada has taken delivery of the first ship constructed under the National Shipbuilding Strategy.

Megayachts

Megayachts

Rebuild, repair, repaint, refit. These seem to be the buzzwords of the year in North America’s private megayacht sector.

Top 50 index 2020

This register lists vessels of interest to professional mariners completed by North American shipyards in the year ended Sept. 1, 2019.