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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.”

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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