Professional Mariner - American-Ship-Review 2016

Year at a glance

August 2015 • General Dynamics NASSCO launches the world’s second LNG-powered containership, Perla del Caribe, at the San Diego shipyard. • Huntington Ingalls puts Avondale Shipyard on the market after being unable to re-purpose the former U.S. Navy yard for…

Isla Bella

Five years ago, shipowners questioning whether liquefied natural gas was the fuel of the future could cite two simple reasons for not making the move: There wasn’t enough supply infrastructure in place to create demand for LNG-powered ships, and there wasn’t enough demand for LNG ships to stimulate investment in infrastructure.

Isla Bella specifications

Owner/Operator: TOTE Maritime, Jacksonville, Fla. Designer/Builder: DSEC, Busan, South Korea/General Dynamics NASSCO, San Diego, Calif.         Dimensions: L: 764’ B: 106’ D: 34’         Mission: Jones Act-qualified containership for the U.S.-Puerto Rico trade Crew size: 23 with space…

Marjorie C

The 692-foot Marjorie C had just docked in San Diego as part of its second round-trip between the U.S. mainland and its home port of Honolulu.

Marjorie C specifications

Owner/Operator: The Pasha Group, San Rafael, Calif./Pasha Hawaii Shipping Co. Designer/Builder: Uljanik Shipyard JSC, Pula, Croatia /VT Halter Marine, Pascagoula, Miss. Dimensions: L: 692’ B: 106’ D: 31’ Mission: Container and roll-on/roll-off vehicle carrier (con-ro), Hawaii-U.S. mainland trade Crew size:…

Spirit of the Sound

On a July afternoon, Capt. Paul Lepanto piloted the nation’s first hybrid research vessel as it departed its pier at the Maritime Aquarium of Norwalk for a two-hour public education cruise.

Spirit of the Sound specifications

Owner/Operator: Maritime Aquarium of Norwalk (Conn.) Designer: Incat Crowther, Belrose, Australia Construction manager/Integrator: Alternative Marine Technologies, Stamford, Conn. Builder: Robert E. Derecktor Inc., Mamaroneck, N.Y. Interior: Carol Williamson & Associates, Portland, Ore. Dimensions: L: 63’ B: 21’ D: 4’ (4.3’ loaded)…

Sally Fox

For the 200 commuters disembarking on Seattle’s Pier 50 from Vashon Island on a drizzly July morning, their crisp new ride — the catamaran Sally Fox — provided a bright way to start the day.

Sally Fox specifications

Owner/Operator: King County (Wash.) Department of Transportation, Marine Division Designer: Teknicraft Design Ltd., Auckland, New Zealand Builder: All American Marine, Bellingham, Wash. Dimensions: L: 105’ B: 33’ D: 6.5’ Mission: Passenger ferry Crew size: Three HULL Aluminum catamaran PERFORMANCE Speed: 28…


On a windswept day in June, the 78-foot Arcticus left the dock on Thunder Bay River in Alpena, Mich., made its way past Alpena Light and proceeded on a four-hour run to the middle of Lake Huron.

Arcticus specifications

Owner/Operator: U.S. Geological Survey, Great Lakes Science Center, Ann Arbor, Mich. Designer: JMS Naval Architects, Mystic, Conn. Builder: Burger Boat Company, Manitowoc, Wis. Dimensions: L: 78’ B: 26’ D: 11’ Mission: Fisheries research in the Great Lakes Crew size: Three…

Crew/supply boats

“It’s quiet out there. Too quiet,” said John Wayne as he peered into the night in an old Western. That quote could be written into a present-day movie script with a shipyard owner looking out over the Gulf of Mexico.


The dream of North American ferries powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) became a reality in 2015 with the arrival and launch of the first such vessels in the St. Lawrence River — one built overseas and one produced by Quebec’s Davie Shipyard.


While demand for newbuilds to service the U.S. oil patch hit the pause button in 2015, security never sleeps.


by Rebecca Cahilly Despite a notable increase in 60-meter-plus contracts being signed by European yacht builders, production remains slow at most U.S. yards — and nonexistent at some.

Top 50 index 2016

This register lists vessels of interest to professional mariners completed by North American shipyards in the year ended Sept. 1, 2015. In the case of sister vessels built by the same yard, we list only one. American Eagle, 280’ Riverboat…