Year at a glance
• 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 commercial work.
• Kinder Morgan signs a $568 million deal with Philly Tankers for four Jones Act newbuilds to be constructed at Aker Philadelphia Shipyard.
• North America’s first LNG-powered ferry, F.A. Gauthier, is commissioned for provincial operator Societe des traversiers du Quebec.
• Financially troubled yacht builder Christensen Shipyards is sold to former part owner Henry Luken for $5.5 million.
• Harvey Gulf International Marine acquires Gulf Coast Shipyard and Trinity Yachts.
• VT Halter Marine delivers the 692-foot con-ro Marjorie C, the largest vessel ever built by the Mississippi yard, to Pasha Hawaii.
• Huntington Ingalls and Kinder Morgan drop their joint venture to redevelop Avondale Shipyard, once Louisiana’s largest private employer.
• Isla Bella, the first LNG-powered containership in the world, is launched by General Dynamics NASSCO for TOTE Maritime.
• Vigor Industrial delivers its second Olympic-class ferry, Samish, to Washington State Ferries.
• BAE Systems announces a $100 million expansion for ship repairs, maintenance and upgrades in San Diego.
• Aker Philadelphia delivers the 820-foot tanker Eagle Bay to SeaRiver Maritime for the Alaska oil trade.
• Vigor Industrial announces a merger with aluminum-boat specialist Kvichak Marine.
• Chantier Davie Canada is named North American Shipyard of the Year by Lloyd’s List.
• Davie lays the keel for Armand-Imbeau II, the first LNG-powered ferry built on the continent.
• Irving Shipbuilding is awarded a $2.3 billion contract to build six Arctic patrol ships for the Canadian navy.
• Single-hulled oil tankers officially give way to double hulls as part of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990.
• A federal appeals court revives a government lawsuit alleging that Bollinger Shipyards lied about the hull strength of eight Coast Guard cutters built by the yard.
• Bollinger is sold to its chief operating officer, Ben Bordelon, and the family that owns Edison Chouest Off-shore.
• The International Maritime Organization adopts the Polar Code covering the design and construction of ships.
• Vigor Industrial christens the 960-foot Vigorous, the largest floating dry dock in North America.
• VT Halter cuts steel on the first of two LNG con-ro ships for Crowley Maritime and the Puerto Rico trade.