Year at a glance

September 2016
• The U.S. Coast Guard selects Eastern Shipbuilding over Bollinger Shipyards and Bath Iron Works for an offshore patrol cutter contract worth up to $10 billion. 

August 2016
• Crowley Maritime takes delivery of West Virginia, the last in a series of four Jones Act tankers from Philly Shipyard.

July 2016
• Louisiana-based Metal Shark and Horizon Shipbuilding are selected to build a fleet of 19 high-speed vessels for New York’s nascent Citywide Ferry Service.

June 2016
• Citing shortfalls in littoral combat ship lethality and survivability, the Government Accountability Office says Congress should consider not funding the program in fiscal 2017.
• Edison Chouest Offshore announces that it has been selected by Alyeska to provide oil spill prevention and emergency response services in Alaska’s Prince William Sound, work handled by Crowley Marine Services for more than 25 years.

May 2016
• The U.S. Navy takes delivery of the futuristic USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), the first of three stealth destroyers from Maine’s Bath Iron Works.
• Bollinger Shipyards wins a contract to build up to 26 additional fast response cutters for the U.S. Coast Guard, a deal potentially worth $1.42 billion.

April 2016
• Blount Boats of Rhode Island delivers Atlantic Pioneer, the nation’s first wind farm service vessel.
• The Maritime Administration (MarAd) awards $4.9 million to support capital improvements and competitiveness at nine small U.S. shipyards.

March 2016
• A group of U.S. senators seeks $150 million to reactivate Polar Sea, a heavy polar icebreaker that has been out of service since 2010 after suffering a massive engine failure.
• Navy Secretary Ray Mabus rebuts Defense Secretary Ash Carter on proposed cuts to the littoral combat ship program, stating the next administration will have final say on the total number of ships.

February 2016
• VT Halter delivers USNS Maury, the U.S. Navy’s first new oceanographic survey ship in more than 15 years.
• Edison Chouest announces that it is establishing a shipyard in Gulfport, Miss., at the site of the former Huntington Ingalls Composite Facility. TopShip LLC is expected to create 1,000 jobs.

January 2016
• Christensen Shipyards resumes building yachts at its yard in Vancouver, Wash., after briefly closing and going into receivership in 2015.
• The U.S. Coast Guard announces a plan to acquire two new heavy icebreakers at a cost of up to $1 billion each.

December 2015
• Bollinger Shipyards agrees to pay $8.5 million to settle a hull-buckling lawsuit filed by the United States. The U.S. alleged the shipbuilder falsely represented the strength of modified Coast Guard cutters.
• General Dynamics NASSCO delivers the company’s first ECO-class tanker, Lone Star State, to American Petroleum Tankers.

November 2015
• Experts at a congressional hearing warn that the U.S. continues to fall behind Russia in Arctic resources, citing a dramatic difference in icebreakers — two vs. 40 — operated by each.
• A report from MarAd states that the U.S. shipbuilding and repair industry provided 110,000 jobs and contributed more than $37 billion to the nation’s gross domestic product in 2013.

October 2015
El Faro, a roll-on/roll-off cargo ship operated by TOTE Maritime, capsizes and sinks in the Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin. All 33 crewmembers die.
• NASSCO delivers Isla Bella, the world’s first LNG-powered containership, to TOTE Maritime. The new ship replaces El Faro on the Florida-to-Puerto Rico run.

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