Shipbuilding

All Bollinger facilities open, operational after Hurricane Ida

(LOCKPORT, La.) — Bollinger Shipyards on Friday announced that all 11 of its facilities are now open and operational following Hurricane Ida’s landfall last month near Port Fourchon, La., as a Category 4 storm. Bollinger’s facilities in Port Fourchon, Larose,…

McAllister orders two Tier 4 z-drives from Washburn & Doughty

(NEW YORK) — McAllister Towing has signed a contract for the construction of two 93-by-38-foot, Tier 4, 84-metric-ton bollard pull tractor tugs with the option for two more. These tugs will further enhance McAllister’s East Coast fleet with the ability…

Burger building new vessel for Michigan ferry operator

(MANITOWOC, Wis.) — Burger Boat Company has begun work on a new vehicle and passenger ferry for the Eastern Upper Peninsula Transportation Authority (EUPTA), located in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. The 92-foot U.S.-made steel ferry will operate year-round on the…

House panel approves $350 million for Great Lakes heavy icebreaker

(CLEVELAND) — The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Tuesday approved $1 billion for U.S. Coast Guard shoreside infrastructure nationwide and $350 million for a heavy Great Lakes icebreaker as part of its budget reconciliation bill, an action that the…

Crowley, Shell partnering on largest LNG bunker barge in US

(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) ­— Crowley Maritime Corp. has signed a long-term time charter with Shell NA LNG providing for the building and operation of a new U.S.-built liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker barge. Upon construction, the barge will be the largest…

Michigan pilots order third launch from Gladding-Hearn

(SOMERSET, Mass.) — Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding has received an order for a rigid-bottom, soft-sided pilot boat from the Lake Pilots Association of Port Huron, Mich. The Resilient-class high-speed launch will be the pilot group's third boat from the shipyard since 1979.…

SAFE Boats, Diverse Marine partnering on offshore wind CTVs

(BREMERTON, Wash.) — SAFE Boats International has announced a formal partnership agreement with Diverse Marine of the United Kingdom to bring Diverse's crew transfer vessel (CTV) designs and experience to the U.S. offshore wind market. In support of the Biden…

Ingalls christens amphibious transport dock Fort Lauderdale

(PASCAGOULA, Miss.) — Huntington Ingalls Industries announced Saturday that its Ingalls Shipbuilding division christened amphibious transport dock Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the christening was livestreamed, and a small socially distanced event was held with limited…

All American launches first hydrogen fuel cell vessel in US

(BELLINGHAM, Wash.) — All American Marine (AAM) and SWITCH Maritime have announced the launch and operational trials of Sea Change, a zero-emissions hydrogen fuel cell ferry that will operate in the San Francisco Bay Area. This will be the first…

Shipbuilding News August 2021

Eastern delivers first of three new Staten Island ferries Eastern Shipbuilding has delivered the first of three massive passenger ferries destined to carry commuters between Staten Island and Lower Manhattan.  The lead boat, M/V SSG Michael H. Ollis, left the…

Bollinger gets Coast Guard contract for four more FRCs

(LOCKPORT, La.) — The U.S. Coast Guard has exercised a contract option to award Bollinger Shipyards four additional Sentinel‐class fast response cutters (FRCs). This announcement brings the total number of FRCs awarded to Bollinger to 64 vessels since the program’s…

Nichols delivers second fast ferry to Kitsap Transit

(FREELAND, Wash.) — Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB) has delivered the second of two 255-passenger ferries to Kitsap Transit of Bremerton, Wash. Like Enetai, the first-in-class vessel, Commander exceeded design expectations during trials. “They are the Audi A8 of passenger…

US designates $4 million in grants for green ferries

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced the availability of up to $38 million in competitive grant funds through a notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) for FTA's Passenger Ferry Grant Program. The Passenger Ferry…

Navy awards Halter contract for oceanographic survey ship

(PASCAGOULA, Miss.) — Halter Marine has been awarded a $149 million contract for the detail design and construction of an oceanographic survey ship (T-AGS 67) for the U.S. Navy. “This contract continues the momentum and growth of Halter Marine by…

Chesapeake delivers fourth modern riverboat to ACL

(GUILFORD, Conn.) — American Cruise Lines (ACL) has taken delivery of the modern riverboat American Melody from Chesapeake Shipbuilding. Despite various challenges, the Maryland shipyard continued building through the pandemic and delivered the vessel on schedule. In addition, American Cruise…

Scania powers new Western Canada Marine Response vessels

(SAN ANTONIO, Texas) — Scania, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of engines for boats, trucks, buses and industrial applications, has been selected by the Western Canada Marine Response Corp. (WCMRC) to power four 52-foot oil spill response landing crafts.…

Halter gets contract to build fifth Navy berthing barge

(PASCAGOULA, Miss.) — Halter Marine has been awarded a contract option for the U.S. Navy’s fifth auxiliary personnel lighter-small (APL(S)) 67 class berthing and messing barge. The contract award is $41 million for a firm, fixed-price option for the detail…

Metal Shark delivers newly designed fireboat to Alabama responders

(JEANERETTE, La.) — Shipbuilder Metal Shark has introduced the 38 Defiant NXT, a next-generation welded-aluminum monohull pilothouse model based on the company’s popular 38 Defiant platform. The first new vessel, Fire Boat 2, has been delivered to Orange Beach Fire…

Vane Brothers takes delivery of third Salisbury-class pushboat

(BALTIMORE) — Vane Brothers in July took delivery of Rock Hall, the third in a series of four 3,000-horsepower pushboats. The newbuild is the 19th Maryland-built towing vessel to join the Baltimore-based company’s fleet since 2008. Chesapeake Shipbuilding and Naval…