Shipbuilding

MarAd: US shipyards support $42.4 billion in GDP

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MarAd) has announced the release of a new report finding that the nation’s private shipyards support $42.4 billion in gross domestic product (GDP). MarAd’s new report — "The Economic Importance of…

Chesapeake to build two more modern riverboats for ACL

(GUILFORD, Conn.) — American Cruise Lines (ACL) announced Tuesday that it has signed contracts with Chesapeake Shipbuilding of Salisbury, Md., to build two more modern riverboats in 2022. The newbuilds will be the fifth and sixth in the ACL series…

Metal Shark delivers third towboat in series to FMT

(BAYOU LA BATRE, Ala.) — Metal Shark’s Bayou La Batre shipyard has delivered Gianna Hull, the builder's third 120-by-35-foot river towboat for Florida Marine Transporters (FMT) of Mandeville, La. The four-deck, welded-steel Subchapter M-compliant towboat was designed by John W.…

C&C Marine delivers first vessel to Parker Towing

(BELLE CHASSE, La.) — C&C Marine and Repair has delivered the towboat Olive Parker to Parker Towing Co., the first vessel from the builder for the Tuscaloosa, Ala.-based company. The 4,400-horsepower towboat measures 147.5 feet by 34 feet by 10…

Shipbuilding News June 2021

Eastern lays keel on second Coast Guard OPC  Eastern Shipbuilding held a ceremony recently marking the authentication of the Coast Guard’s second offshore patrol cutter (OPC), USCGC Chase  (WMSM-916), that included remarks by Adm. Karl Schultz, the 26th commandant of the Coast Guard.   Eastern is…

Austal to modify Navy EPF for autonomous operation

(WASHINGTON) — The builder of the Navy’s Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport (EPF) has won a $44 million contract to develop an autonomous version of the aluminum catamaran, according to a June 7 Pentagon contract announcement. The modification to the future…

Austal receives functional design contract for Navy's T-ATS

(MOBILE, Ala.) — Austal USA announced Monday that it has received a $3.6 million contract for functional design work on the U.S. Navy's Navajo-class towing, salvage and rescue (T-ATS) ships. It is the first award for the shipbuilder for the…

Navy awards contract to Halter for oceanographic survey ship

(WASHINGTON) — Halter Marine of Pascagoula, Miss., has been awarded a $149,053,160 fixed-price-incentive (firm target) modification for the detail design and construction of one oceanographic survey ship (T-AGS 67). Work will be performed in Pascagoula, Miss. (76 percent); Harahan, La.…

NASSCO cuts steel for Navy's fourth John Lewis-class oiler

(SAN DIEGO) — On Friday, General Dynamics NASSCO started construction of the future USNS Robert F. Kennedy (T-AO 208), the fourth of six vessels for the U.S. Navy’s John Lewis-class fleet oiler program. Francisco Medina, a longtime NASSCO employee and…

Eastern authenticates keel for nation's second OPC

(PANAMA CITY, Fla.) — Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) hosted the keel authentication ceremony Monday for the U.S. Coast Guard’s second offshore patrol cutter (OPC), USCGC Chase (WMSM-916), at the Nelson Street facility. Adm. Karl Schultz, the 26th commandant of the…

C&C delivers fourth towboat in series to Maritime Partners

(BELLE CHASSE, La.) — C&C Marine and Repair has delivered the towboat Ned Brooks to Maritime Partners, the fourth in a 15-boat series that C&C is building for the Metairie, La.-based company. The 2,600-hp, 84-by-34-foot towboat was designed by Entech…

Huntington Ingalls debuts Proteus unmanned surface test vessel

(NEWPORT NEWS, Va.) — Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) has announced the debut of the Proteus unmanned surface vessel (USV) for testing and development of autonomy capabilities. The 27-foot Proteus USV was outfitted with Sea Machines Robotics’ SM300 autonomy system and…

Brix Marine building water taxi for BC First Nation corporation

(PORT ANGELES, Wash.) — Brix Marine (formerly Armstrong Marine USA) is currently constructing a 32-by-12-foot catamaran for the Qathen Xwegus Management Corp. (QXMC). QXMC is the business arm of the Klahoose First Nation, located on Cortes Island, British Columbia. The…

All American Marine names new business development manager

(BELLINGHAM, Wash.) — The owners of All American Marine (AAM) have announced the appointment of Terry Federer as business development manager, effective May 10. Federer takes over the role from Ron Wille, who was recently appointed as president and chief…

Dakota Creek launches fourth new harbor tug for Navy

(ANACORTES, Wash.) — Yard tug (YT) 811 was successfully launched at Dakota Creek Industries (DCI) on May 8, the Navy’s Program Executive Office (Ships) announced. YT 811 is the Navy’s fourth of six YT 808-class harbor tugboats ordered in July…

New Foss tug features Sea Machines autonomous system

(SEATTLE) – Foss Maritime has selected Sea Machines Robotics’ SM300 autonomous command and control system for use aboard its tugboat Rachael Allen, the fourth in a series of ASD-90 tugs from Nichols Brothers Boat Builders in Freeland, Wash. Delivering in…

Texas A&M announces name of new training ship

(GALVESTON, Texas) — The Texas A&M Maritime Academy on the Galveston campus of Texas A&M University has received notification from the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (MarAd) that the national security multi-mission vessel (NSMV) expected to arrive on campus…

Canada orders two polar icebreakers as part of NSS

(OTTAWA) — The government of Canada announced on Thursday that it will move forward with the construction of two polar icebreakers under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). Both new polar icebreakers will have capacity and ability beyond that of Canada's…

Elliott Bay Design Group announces leadership promotions

(SEATTLE) – Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) has announced changes to its executive leadership team following the appointment of Robert Ekse to president, reflecting the new vision and long-term goals for the company. John Reeves has been promoted to principal…

SCA members receive $7 million from Small Shipyard Grant Program

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MarAd) awarded more than $7 million to nine members of the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) last week. Through the Small Shipyard Grant Program, MarAd annually provides federal grants to support…