Professional Mariner - American-Ship-Review 2018

DC push brings new hope for 355-ship Navy

The changing of presidential administrations has brought a lot of uncertainty to the federal budget process, with President Trump’s public support of programs often tempered by contradictory realities when the rubber hits the road.

Year at a glance

September 2017  • Eastern Shipbuilding Group cuts steel on the first of three Ollis-class vessels for the Staten Island Ferry. The 320-foot boats will have Tier 4-compliant engines. • The U.S. Maritime Administration awards $9.8 million to speed modernization and…

2018 Ship of the Year: Araho

In March, aboard the new factory trawler Araho, all was a bustle. The vessel, moored at Pier 91 in Seattle, was fresh from making the Panama Canal from Eastern Shipbuilding in Panama City, Fla.

Araho specifications

Owner/Operator: O’Hara Corp., Rockland, Maine Designer/Builder: Skipsteknisk AS, Aalesund, Norway/Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Panama City, Fla. Dimensions: L: 194’ B: 49’ D: 19’4” Mission: U.S.-flagged factory trawler Crew size: 54 including vessel and processing crew Hull: Ice-strengthened steel monohull Propulsion: EMD 16-710G7…


Named for a small constellation, Hydrus became the brightest star in San Francisco’s Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) fleet in April.

Hydrus specifications

Owner/Operator: Water Emergency Transportation Authority, San Francisco, Calif. Designer: Incat Crowther, Belrose, Australia Builder: Kvichak Marine (Vigor), Seattle, Wash. Dimensions: L: 135’ W: 38’ D: 6.75’ Mission: Passenger ferry Crew size: Four Hull: Aluminum catamaran Performance: Maximum speed: 29 knots Cruising speed:…

Liam J. McCall

“Fast, faster, fastest” is a buzz phrase that aptly describes the evolution of SEACOR Marine’s fleet of fast supply vessels (FSVs).

Liam J. McCall specifications

Owner/Operator: SEACOR Marine, Houma, La. Designer/Builder: Incat Crowther, Lafayette, La./Gulf Craft LLC, Franklin, La. Dimensions: L: 194’ B: 32’ D: 15’ Mission: Gulf of Mexico fast supply vessel Crew size: Up to 16 Hull: Aluminum monohull Performance: Maximum speed: 38 knots…

J.L. O'Brien

The 95-foot J.L. O’Brien, delivered in February, is the fourth oil spill response vessel (OSRV) built by Midship Marine Inc. for Clean Gulf Associates, a nonprofit cooperative in New Orleans.

J.L. O'Brien specifications

Owner/Operator: Clean Gulf Associates, New Orleans, La. Designer/Builder: Midship Marine Inc., Harvey, La. Dimensions: L: 95’ B: 21’ D: 5’ Mission: Gulf of Mexico oil spill response Crew size: Six for 24-hour skimming Hull: Aluminum monohull ​ Performance: Maximum speed: 24…

W.T. Hogarth

When it came time to replace its aging workhorse R/V Bellows, the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) planned to do what it has always done: Buy and retrofit a used boat.

W.T. Hogarth specifications

Owner/Operator: Florida Institute of Oceanography, St. Petersburg, Fla. Designer: Boksa Marine Design, Lithia, Fla. Builder: Duckworth Steel Boats, Tarpon Springs, Fla. Dimensions: L: 78’ B: 26’ D: 6’ Mission: Scientific research Crew size: Four Hull: Steel monohull ​ Performance: Cruising speed:…

Black Gold

When a yacht builder or designer knows its audience, it may do things that seem out of the ordinary at first to those not in the know.

Black Gold specifications

Designer/builder: Westport Yachts, Westport, Wash. Dimensions: L: 125’ B: 26’2” D: 5’9” Mission: Private motor yacht Crew size: Five or six in three cabins Hull: Composite monohull (foam core with E-glass reinforcements in vinyl ester resin), composite/carbon superstructure Performance: Maximum speed:…


Over the past year, Metal Shark and Horizon Shipbuilding have rapidly built more than a dozen high-speed ferries for Hornblower’s new commuter service in New York City.


Several large fireboats led the way last year in American Ship Review, but this year’s deliveries and new orders tended to be smaller, faster and nimbler.


While newbuilds in the research sector during the past year didn’t rise to the scale of USNS Maury, a 353-foot survey ship delivered to the Navy in 2016 by VT Halter Marine, there was activity involving smaller vessels at nearly a dozen North American yards.


With five major shipyards accounting for the bulk of the private yacht construction in North America, new yachts over 100 feet in length continue to hit the water — albeit at a more leisurely pace than the boom years a decade ago.

Top 50 index 2018

This register lists vessels of interest to professional mariners completed by North American shipyards in the year ended Sept. 1, 2017.