Professional Mariner - American-Ship-Review 2014

Entering a new age of shipping

Four contracts signed by General Dynamics Nassco over the last 10 months have changed the future of shipbuilding in the United States by bringing liquefied natural gas propulsion into the mainstream.

Full fleet of T-AKEs, new JHSVs boost role of civilian mariners in U.S. Navy

Three significant deliveries in the last 12 months — USNS Cesar Chavez, the 14th and final replenishment vessel in the Lewis and Clark class, and USNS Spearhead and USNS Choctaw County, the first two Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSVs) —have underlined the growing number of civilian professional mariners operating vessels in the service of the nation’s defense.

Connor Bordelon specifications

Owner/Operator:  Bordelon Marine, Lockport, La. Dimensions: L: 257’ B: 52’ D: 18’ Designer/Builder: Bordelon Marine Shipbuilders, Houma, La. Mission: Multipurpose supply vessel Crew size: 12 to 14 (mission-dependent) HULL Steel monohull PERFORMANCE Maximum speed: 14 knots Cruising speed: 12 knots…

HOS Commander specifications

Owner/Operator: Hornbeck Offshore Services, Covington, La. Dimensions: L: 319’ 6” B: 64’ D: 24’ 6” Designer/Builder: VT Halter Marine, Pascagoula, Miss. Mission: Offshore supply Crew size: 12 HULL Steel monohull PERFORMANCE Speed: 12 knots at sea state 2 PROPULSION (2)…

HOS Commander

Two years ago, Hornbeck Offshore Services sparked a flurry of blockbuster shipbuilding deals on the Gulf Coast when it announced that it planned to build 16 U.S.-flagged DP-2 offshore supply vessels in the 300-foot range at a cost estimated at $720 million.

Seacor Lynx specifications

Owner/Operator: Seacor Marine, Houma, La. Dimensions: L: 192.25’ B: 41’ D: 14’ Designer: Incat Crowther, Australia Builder: Gulf Craft Mission: High-speed catamaran Crew: 12 HULL Aluminum catamaran PERFORMANCE Maximum speed: 42 knots at 754 gph Cruising speed: 40 knots at…

‪Seacor Lynx

Capt. Ron Rainey has driven high-speed cats for Seacor Marine in Angola, the Congo and the Caspian Sea. But as he takes Seacor Lynx down the Houma Navigation Canal for sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico, it feels like crew boat heaven.

Sikuliaq specifications

Owner: Natl. Science Foundation, Arlington, Va. Operator: University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, Seward, Alaska Designer: Glosten Associates, Seattle Builder: Marinette Marine, Marinette, Wisc. Dimensions: L 616’ B 105’, design draft 36’ Mission: Ice-class oceanographic survey…


Marinette Marine is finally delivering what the American scientific community has always wanted: its own purpose-built research vessel that can sail through ice in the Arctic.

USNS Montford Point specifications

Owner: U.S. Navy, Military Sealift Command Operator: Ocean Shipholdings, Houston, Texas Dimensions: L: 765’ 2”  B: 164’ D: 50’ 9” Designer/Builder: General Dynamics Nassco, San Diego, Calif. Mission: Mobile Landing Platform (floating base for at-sea vehicle/equipment transfers) Crew size: 34…

USNS Montford Point

With USNS Montford Point, the first Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) for the U.S. Navy, General Dynamics Nassco has pulled off the remarkable feat of rethinking an existing commercial design and adapting it as a naval auxiliary that can be reconfigured for multiple missions — all for about $500 million per ship.

Crew/Supply Boats

Eastern Shipbuilding’s newest PSVs, just before delivery: a 292-footer for Hornbeck and a 284-footer for Brazil. With the drilling moratorium a distant memory and a sharp rebound in oil and gas activity in the Gulf of Mexico, shipyards are filled…


One day, a dream will come true and New York will order more vessels for Staten Island Ferry. Until that happens, shipyards have several attractive contracts to bid on.

Pilots, Fire, Patrol

Next year will see the first of two huge new Robert Allan Ltd.-design fireboats for the Port of Long Beach that will dwarf any recent deliveries.


“The signs of recovery are there, but they’re not great,” said Billy Smith, vice president of Trinity Yachts in Gulfport, Miss.

Top 50 index 2014

This register lists vessels of interest to professional mariners completed by North American shipyards in the year ended Sept. 1, 2013. In the case of sister vessels built by the same yard, we list only one.