Author: Larry Pearson

Shipbuilding News January 2011

Another casino boat to become passenger vessel In the early and mid 1990s, existing excursion boats were hot vessels for quick conversion to casino boats. Now that market has come full circle as several casino boats are being converted back…

Shipbuilding News November 2009

Stabbert Maritime renovates construction ship  The 1974 vintage pipe carrier and offshore supply vessel Star Arcturus has been converted by Stabbert Maritime, of Seattle, to the construction ship Ocean Carrier. “The year-long project employed 100 people working round the clock…

Vigor Industrial buys Todd Shipyards

In a $130 million transaction, Vigor Industrial LLC, of Portland, Ore., has purchased Todd Shipyards Corp., of Seattle, in an all-cash deal. Todd, with over 750 employees, has contracts with various government entities and the Washington State Ferries system. Todd…

Shipbuilding News November 2010

DOT announces $39 million in ferry grants The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced ferry grants for 39 projects in 20 states. Totaling $39 million, the grants range from $80,000 to $3 million. Of the 35 projects, 14 are…

Crew Boats

The six to eight yards that specialize in building crew/supply boats are having a so-so year. There are exceptions, of course. Gulf Craft LLC, of Patterson, La., whose Michael G. McCall is profiled on page 18, is having a great…

Supply Boats

This may come as a surprise, given the hit the economy has taken in the last couple of years, but deliveries of utility and supply boats for 2010 will probably be near 2009 levels of 46 vessels. This is true…

Shipbuilding News October 2010

Cleveland Ship bids for Grumman shipbuilding systems Cleveland Ship LLC has tendered an offer for the shipbuilding unit of Northrop Grumman Corp., in Los Angeles. The exact amount of the multibillion-dollar bid was not disclosed.  Cleveland Ship was formed three…

Chetzemoka

The design and build time for the first vessel in a new ferry program is often three years or more. Blueprints, construction, fitting out, sea trials and delivery are a laborious and time-consuming process. This posed a huge challenge to…

Michael G. McCall

A six-vessel order from Seacor Marine for 190-foot crew/supply boats is giving at least one Louisiana builder a steady source of work in an otherwise stop-and-go industry. Michael G. McCall (photo courtesy Gulf Craft LLC) The all-aluminum vessels coming out…

Ross Candies: a new force in the Gulf

No one has built more Jones Act-compliant inspection, maintenance and repair vessels than Otto Candies LLC. Since 2007, the offshore support company, which is based in Des Allemands, La., has put three IMRs in service, and it has three more…

Shipbuilding News September 2010

Leevac keeps up with the market Although Leevac Shipyard LLC was founded almost 100 years ago, the company seems to be ahead of the market. Formerly known as Zigler Shipyard, the Jennings, La., builder was active in the workboat market…

NOAA cancels contract, removes SWATH vessel from Halter Marine

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has removed a vessel under construction at VT Halter Marine and canceled its contract with the shipbuilder. NOAA maintains that Ferdinand R. Hassler, the small waterplane area twin hull (SWATH) boat designed for…

Shipbuilding News August 2010

Avondale nearing shutdown mode Avondale Shipyard, the New Orleans subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, is nearing shutdown. Northrop Grumman said the yard would be closed by 2013 after the last two LPD amphibious dock ships are finished. Employment now is…

As world watches leaking oil, ROVs are the star of the show

Remotely operated vehicles have been a high-tech but a relatively unknown piece of oil field exploration equipment. But no more. Since the start of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, real-time videos of ROVs often lead the national news with live…

Shipbuilding News July 2010

2010 at the halfway mark We now have about six months of deliveries and newly issued contracts for America’s commercial shipyards for 2010. The results are better than most would have expected. Many dire predictions were issued, but few, if…

Shipbuilding News June 2010

  VT Halter fined $1.3 million in fatal tugboat explosion Following an investigation, the U.S. Dept. of Labor has fined VT Halter Marine, of Pascagoula, Miss., $1.3 million in a tugboat explosion at one of the company's three shipyards. Labor…

Shipbuilding News May 2010

MarAd announces grant program The U.S. Maritime Administration has announced its 2010 grant program for small shipyards. The grant program totaled $14.7 million given to 17 shipyards in 16 states. For the first time in recent years, the top grant…

Shipbuilding News April 2010

Bollinger delivers first of 234s Bollinger Shipyards, of Lockport, La., has delivered the first of three 234-foot supply boats to BeeMar LLC, of Houston. The yard had previously delivered five 210-foot supply boats to the same customer. "We should have…

Signal International buys bankrupt Bender Shipbuilding & Repair

A company whose basic business is rig repair has purchased the core assets of Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co. Inc., of Mobile, Ala. Signal International LLC, also of Mobile, paid $31.25 million for Bender’s six shipyards located on the Mobile…

Shipbuilding News March 2010

Ross Candies from Dakota Creek Industries Quite a few multipurpose support vessels (MPSV) or inspection, maintenance and repair boats have been built in the last few months. The newest is Ross Candies from Otto Candies LLC, of Des Allemands, La.…

Shipbuilding News February 2010

Signal International winner in Bender auction Signal International purchased the core assets of Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Inc., of Mobile, Ala., for $31.25 million.  Set to be auctioned later is Bender's steel plate shop in Mobile and a shipyard in…

Falling crane boom from museum vessel sinks towboat

A towboat sank at a pier in the Port of Galveston, Texas, after being struck by a crane boom that fell from a museum-piece semisubmersible drilling rig.Jerry Picton went down in 40 feet of water alongside the Offshore Energy Center’s…

Shipbuilding News January 2010

Austal delivers first Littoral Combat Ship Austal USA delivered the Littoral Combat Ship Independence (LCS 2) to the Navy in mid-December 2009. The ship is to be officially commissioned Jan. 16. During December, the keel was laid on Coronado (LCS…

Crew rescued after towboats and barges collide during overtaking

Good Samaritan vessel Redeemer, foreground, assists the towboat Caroline in the Intracoastal Waterway. Caroline partially sank after a collision. Redeemer rescued five crew and retrieved loose barges. (Courtesy U.S. Coast Guard) The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating the cause of…