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Ship Repair & Conversion: The Shipyards

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U.S. Shipyard Updates

With 2018 in the rearview mirror, Maritime Reporter & Engineering News takes stock of a challenging, but innovative year in and around U.S. shipyards, with a look ahead for what’s to come in 2019.

By Lisa Overing

All-American Marine looking at other government programs and participat- Eastern Shipbuilding Group

All-American Marine delivered Enhydra, a 128-ft. ing in several design studies, so we are hopeful.” Eastern Shipbuilding had an incredible year, with passenger vessel for San Francisco. Launched in Sep- With multiple yards at its disposal, Bollinger focuses strong bid activity characterizing 2018 and continued, tember 2018, it is a lithium ion hybrid electric pow- Amelia for new construction and commercial work, resilient operation as its employee base lives in ground ered monohull. The yard also built a high-speed whale with repair work and re? ts in Fourchon and Morgan zero from Hurricane Michael. The strongest storm ever watching boat, Saratoga, a 73-ft. hydrofoil assisted City. Other projects include ATBs for Bouchard and recorded in this area, Michael slammed into Florida’s catamaran hull as well as Salish Explorer for Argosy Crowley, a ? oodgate and a ferry for North Carolina. Panhandle on October 10 as a Category 4 hurricane

Cruises in Seattle. “It was a very busy year,” said Bron- Bollinger is also in the competition to build the next- with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph, cutting a son Lamb. “We moved into a new 57,000 sq. ft. facility gen Polar Security cutters for the U.S. Coast Guard, one 50-mile swath of destruction. in Bellingham, Wash., last fall, and Saratoga was the of the highest-pro? le contracts expected in 2019. Eastern established a GoFundMe account for its em- ? rst vessel fully built in the new facility.” ployees, distributing $177,200 in ? nancial aid to over

In 2019, All-American will potentially launch three Colonna Shipyard 440 impacted employees. As the yard and its worker vessels. These include two for Kitsap Transit, one a 70- Colonna Shipyard had a good year with a busy sched- ? ght return to normal, work will be consistent and de- ft. hydroelectric passenger ferry, as well as another ul- ule. A new 11,500T dry dock went into service in 2017, manding for its employees, as the yard adding to the tra low-weight passenger ferry stemming from the suc- M/V Charles J. Colonna has three active MSC contracts backlog of vessel bids going into 2019. cess for the Rich Passage, previously built for Kitsap. with a wide variety of tugs, barges and dredge equip- “As long as our bid activity is strong, and we’ve been ment, with a good workload in fabrication with Steel that way, we’ll win additional contracts,” said Stephen

Blount Boats America, bluewater tugs in coastal transportation and Berthold, adding “It’s been a busy year with projects.

Blount Boats reports brisk business in 2018, too, ac- ship checks. “We are home to the Atlantic ? eet of U.S. We signed two tugs with EN Bisso Offshore in New Or- cording to Christopher Petit. The yard will deliver 132- Navy,” said Thomas Godfrey. “We have a three year leans, a repeat client who ordered four tugs in the past.” ft. doubled ended vessel for N.Y. in September 2019, upward trend in overall business volume. The trend for Eastern is also building four vessels for Florida Ma- along with an 85-ft. Fire Island ferry, and a 102-ft. dou- looks like an increase in business compared to 2017, rine Transporters (FMT), 90-ft. inland push boats, for bled ended vessel for October. “We have the NY Power and it looks like 2019 will be an increase over 2018.” 2019 - 2020 delivery. Hull 200 represents the 70th ves-

Authority’s vessel (a 56-ft. subchapter M icebreaking sel of a series built over a 12-year relationship for this tug) in build for October 2019,” said Petit, also noting Detyens Shipyards repeat client, making it the largest post WWII, single that Blount “built the ? rst U.S. ? ag wind farm vessel.” Detyens Shipyards is busy today with a promising owner, single shipbuilder new construction program outlook in 2019, according to Loy Stewart, Jr., pres- with the same class towboat design in U.S. history

Bollinger Shipyards ident and owner. “We were fortunate in 2018 with a according to the yard. The shipyard is also building a

Bollinger Shipyards is full of new construction for fair amount of work,” said Stewart. “In 2018 we saw USCG Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC). The Coast Guard both commercial and government customers, with the a variety of vessels. We’ve worked on Military Sealift awarded detail design for the Offshore Patrol Cutter to construction of USCG fast response cutters remaining a Command (MSC) & MARAD vessels, oilers/tankers, Eastern with delivery of the lead ship, USCGC Argus, staple for the yard. “We’ve delivered 31 of the 58,” said RoRo’s, container ships, EPF’s, a casino boat, Emerald planned for ? scal year 2021. NYCDOT Staten Island

Chris Remont. “The program is going very well, with Princess and a boutique cruise ship, Pearl Mist. Local Ferry ordered three, 320-ft. double-ended passenger vessels over-performing anticipated mission criteria.” dredge and tug vessels frequented the yard in 2018, a ferries for river service in New York Harbor.

The USCG multi-mission vessels perform search pair of container vessels from Hyde Shipping, a dozen In addition, Eastern launched its second escort/rescue and rescue, drug interdiction and humanitarian relief. or so foreign ? agged vessels and a high-speed passen- Z-Drive Tug Ava M. McAllister on December 7, 2018, “Lockport is dedicated for USCG work,” said Remont, ger ferry, Alakai operated by Bay Ferries for the Maine less than two months after Hurricane Michael devas- noting that the oil and gas market is still tight. “We’re to Nova Scotia run. tated the Florida Panhandle.

Detyens Shipyards/Pearl Mist Eastern Shipbuilding Group/Ava M McAllister St. John’s Shipbuilding/100 ft. Tug

Photo courtesy Detyens

Photo courtesy of Eastern Shipbuilding

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