Author: Brian Gauvin


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Crew/supply boats

A deafening silence has descended on shipyards along the Gulf Coast in the wake of the titanic sinking of the global oil market.

Crew/supply boats

There were some issues gnawing at the buoyant Gulf Coast shipyard scene in 2014, primarily the threat of vessel overcapacity and the unrelenting search for qualified welders, fitters and professionals to man the torches and desks of the boatyards.

‪Seacor Lynx

Capt. Ron Rainey has driven high-speed cats for Seacor Marine in Angola, the Congo and the Caspian Sea. But as he takes Seacor Lynx down the Houma Navigation Canal for sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico, it feels like crew boat heaven.

Crew/supply boats

Oil rules along the Gulf’s shipyard coast, and confidence ebbed for a while after Deepwater Horizon. The drilling moratorium saw rigs and support vessels leaving for oil fields off the coasts of Brazil and Africa.

New Chicago tour boat harkens to luxury yachts of 1920s

Last August, high water prevented many of the excursion boats plying the Chicago River from clearing the many historic bridges spanning the city's central artery. Those vessels couldn't sail on some of the best cruise days of the year. Excursion…

ACO's supply vessels thrive 'on the shelf'

The 220-foot Monica W. Callais towered above the Louisiana wetlands as the offshore supply vessel (OSV) slowly meandered up Bayou Lafourche from the Gulf of Mexico, destined for the Chevron dock near Leeville. The offshore supply vessel Monica W. Callais…

From Chicago to Peoria, navigating the Illinois Waterway

  Despite the dismal economy and a few towing stoppages while Chicago flushed a surplus of rainwater into the Illinois Waterway (IWW), Robert Barnes, general manager of Illinois Marine Towing (IMT), remained buoyant. "We've been doing great through this economy,"…