American Ship Review

The State of Shipbuilding

What a difference a year makes for the nation’s shipbuilders.  After a dismal 2020 that brought unprecedented challenges and a sharp slowdown in new projects, there are signs that the worst is finally over.  The economy is open and…

2022 Ship of the Year: Fireboat 2

Canaveral Fire Rescue’s Fireboat 2 can speed up to 35 knots and blast 10,000 gallons of water per minute. Its electronics package is second to none, and its four waterjets can make the vessel dance. Perhaps the most important feature,…

ATLANTIC ENDEAVOR

It’s been almost six years since Atlantic Wind Transfers introduced the first offshore wind crew transfer vessel (CTV) in the United States to service the Block Island Wind Farm. The company’s second CTV, Atlantic Endeavor, entered service in late 2020…

SSG MICHAEL H. OLLIS

The Staten Island Ferry will soon debut a new class of passenger ferries that will run along the heavily traveled corridor between Manhattan and Staten Island.   SSG Michael H. Ollis is the lead vessel in the series of…

SPINDLETOP

One of the largest high-speed aluminum pilot boats in North America is now operating in Sabine Pass. The 90-by-23-foot Spindletop was delivered to the Sabine Pilots of Port Arthur, Texas, in March 2021. Breaux’s Bay Craft of Loreauville, La., built the…

M/V GEORGE III

Two of the cleanest-running containerships in the Hawaii trade lane will soon enter service for Pasha Hawaii. The company, based in Honolulu and San Raphael, Calif., developed its dual-fuel ‘Ohana class to run on liquefied natural gas (LNG) from…

STORM PETREL

A new fuel-efficient aluminum boat that’s built to handle heavy loads of scientific equipment is helping researchers understand the future of the world’s oceans. The 50-foot aluminum catamaran Storm Petrel is a platform for studying ocean acidification and other changes on…

FELLS POINT

The Association of Maryland Pilots developed a new pilot boat class specifically for work around Baltimore Harbor. The 48.5-foot aluminum Fells Point is the lead vessel in the pilots’ Baltimore class. Ray Hunt Design and Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding collaborated on the vessel,…

MARINE 1

Firefighter Casey Brennan steered Rochester (N.Y.) Fire Department’s newest asset north in the Genesee River. Whitecaps dotted the horizon as a 15-knot headwind pushed against the bow.  Conditions worsened after the vessel cleared the jetties and moved into the…

FIRE/PILOTS/PATROL

The Los Angeles Pilot Service serves the busiest seaport in the United States. Two new launches will help its pilots move more efficiently and more comfortably from ship to ship.  The 55-by-19-foot Angels Pilot and Angels Navigator replace two…

FERRIES/EXCURSION

The covid-19 pandemic was particularly brutal on passenger vessel operators, many of whom experienced sharp declines in ridership as commuters stayed home and tourists sought activities away from other people. But there are signs that the market is coming…

Pasha goes green with Ohana-class containerships

Pasha Hawaii is charting a greener course with its Ohana-class containerships now under construction in south Texas. M/V George III and M/V Janet Marie are scheduled for delivery in late 2020 and early 2021, respectively, from Keppel AmFELS in Brownsville,…

YEAR AT A GLANCE

September 2020 • Chesapeake Shipbuilding delivered the riverboat American Jazz to American Cruise Lines for service on the Mississippi River. The 190-passenger vessel is the third modern riverboat to join American’s fleet, with two more newbuilds on the way. August…

Great Lakes ferry operator adopts waterjet propulsion

Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry is a company that takes family, and tradition, seriously.  But when it came time to build a new high-speed ferry, the third-generation family owners broke from the past.  They decided to put waterjets on William Richard,…

Atlantic Wind Transfers building next-gen CTVs

Five years ago, Atlantic Wind Transfers built the first crew transfer vessel (CTV) in the United States specifically designed to service offshore wind turbines. This fall, the company led by Rhode Island businessman Charles Donadio, Jr., is adding a second CTV…

Seaway Pilots’ launch built to take on the icy St. Lawrence

The St. Lawrence Seaway Pilots work in some of the harshest conditions imaginable. The pilots’ new launch, Seaway Pilot V, has already shown itself up to the task. Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding of Somerset, Mass., modified its proven Chesapeake-class hull to withstand…