Shipbuilding

Fraser to build new ferry for Ontario community

(SUPERIOR, Wis.) — Fraser Shipyards has announced that it will build a double-ended ferry to serve Christian Island, Ontario, in Lake Huron’s Georgian Bay. Beausoleil First Nation (BFN) will be the owner and operator of the new vessel. The new…

MarAd announces availability of $19.6 million in small shipyard grants

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MarAd) has announced the availability of $19.6 million in federal funding to U.S. small shipyards through the Small Shipyard Grant Program. These investments support efficiency improvements and modernizations that allow U.S.…

MarAd authorizes construction of two more academy training ships

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MarAd) on Tuesday authorized the construction of two additional national security multi-mission vessels (NSMVs), which will replace aging training vessels at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine, and Texas A&M Maritime…

Brix Marine building third IPS-drive catamaran

(PORT ANGELES, Wash.) — Brix Marine (formerly Armstrong Marine USA) has been contracted by aerospace and defense technology company Northrop Grumman to build a catamaran research-survey vessel, slated for fall 2021 completion. The 44-by-16-foot vessel is Brix’s third IPS-drive catamaran.…

RAL z-drive tug delivered to Svitzer Australia

(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) — Svitzer Australia recently took the delivery of the Robert Allan Ltd. (RAL) designed RAstar 3000-W series ASD tug, Svitzer North, from ASL Shipyard, Singapore. The design was developed in close co-operation with Svitzer’s operations team, to…

NASSCO launches first John Lewis-class oiler for US Navy

(SAN DIEGO) — On Tuesday, General Dynamics NASSCO launched the future USNS John Lewis (T-AO 205), the first of six vessels in the John Lewis-class fleet oiler program designed to support the U.S. Navy. Construction of USNS John Lewis began…

All American to build research boat for Bluetide Puerto Rico

(BELLINGHAM, Wash.) — All American Marine has secured a contract to construct a research vessel for Bluetide Puerto Rico. The 73-by-26-foot aluminum catamaran will be constructed to U.S. Coast Guard Subchapter T standards for use on both near coastal and…

Halter Marine upgrades launch way for polar security cutter

(PASCAGOULA, Miss.) — The polar security cutter (PSC) is rapidly progressing through the detailed design phase, and Halter Marine is actively preparing for its construction. In July 2021, Halter Marine will complete upgrades to the launch way area where the…

New survey focuses on coastal hazards facing US shipbuilders

(KINGSTON, R.I.) — The University of Rhode Island Department of Marine Affairs, in partnership with the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, is conducting an online survey of over 120 U.S. shipyards that build, repair, maintain, modernize and…

Thoma-Sea gets design and build contract for two NOAA ships

(WASHINGTON) — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s effort to recapitalize its aging fleet of research ships took a major step forward on Dec. 31 with the U.S. Navy’s award of a $178 million contract to Thoma-Sea Marine Constructors LLC…

Spending bill includes funding for four new FRCs

(LOCKPORT, La) — On Dec. 27, President Trump signed into law the omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2021, which included funding for four more Sentinel-class fast response cutters (FRCs) for the U.S. Coast Guard. This increases the total number…

Brix delivers luxury water taxi to New Jersey golf club

(JERSEY CITY, N.J.) — Brix Marine (formerly Armstrong Marine USA) of Port Angeles, Wash., has delivered a new luxury water taxi, Liberty National I, to Liberty National Golf Club after successful launch and sea trials in Port Angeles Harbor. Liberty…

Congress approves funding for Texas A&M training ship

(WASHINGTON) — Congress has approved $390 million to fund construction of a fourth national security multi-mission vessel (NSMV), which will be assigned to the Texas A&M Maritime Academy at Texas A&M University at Galveston. The ship will serve as a…

NASSCO delivers second Kanaloa-class con-ro to Matson

(HONOLULU) — Matson on Dec. 18 took delivery of Matsonia, the second of two new Kanaloa-class combination container/roll-on, roll-off (con-ro) ships built by General Dynamics NASSCO. The vessels are the largest of their kind ever built in the United States.…

Great Lakes Towing christens two tugs in virtual ceremony

(CLEVELAND) — On Dec. 16, The Great Lakes Towing Company and Great Lakes Shipyard’s employees joined at the company’s Cleveland facilities to celebrate the christening of the new tugs Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Customers, vendors, community, friends, family and the public…

Keppel lays keel for Jones Act wind turbine installation vessel

(RICHMOND, Va.) — Dominion Energy announced Wednesday it has reached a major milestone – the keel laying – in the construction of the first Jones Act-compliant offshore wind turbine installation vessel, currently being constructed by Keppel AmFELS at its Brownsville,…

Philly Shipyard cuts steel for nation's new class of training ships

(PHILADELPHIA) — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MarAd) on Tuesday launched a new era in maritime education with the cutting of steel for the first national security multi-mission vessel (NSMV) at Philly Shipyard. This is the initial major…

Shipbuilding News, December 2020

Great Lakes Dredge to build Jones Act ship for offshore wind Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corp. (GLDD) has announced plans to build a specialized ship that will support the installation of offshore wind power in the United States. Ulstein…

Robert Allan Ltd. launches RApport 1900-SX harbor tug

(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) — Designed exclusively for Sanmar Shipyards, the Robert Allan Ltd. RApport 1900-SX harbor tug replaces the Sanmar Series which currently consists of 31 units built and delivered since 1995. The first six vessels of the new design…