Chesapeake to build two more Project Blue ships for ACL

Chesapeake to build two more Project Blue ships for ACL

(GUILFORD, Conn.) — American Cruise Lines (ACL) will be adding two more new small ships in 2025, American Patriot and American Pioneer. These 125-passenger sister ships represent the fifth and sixth ships in the company’s Project Blue series of 12 new small ships for the U.S. market. The ships will be built at the company’s affiliated shipyard, Chesapeake Shipbuilding in…
Read More
Gladding-Hearn delivers refitted launch to Boston Pilots

Gladding-Hearn delivers refitted launch to Boston Pilots

(SOMERSET, Mass.) — Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corp., has delivered the first of the Boston Pilots’ two Chesapeake-class pilot boats undergoing a comprehensive refit. “The vessels are well used and well maintained. Only minor structural repairs were necessary so definitely worthy of refitting,” said Peter Duclos, the shipyard’s co-president. Along with installing new shafts and Brunton propellers, the 53-foot all-aluminum pilot…
Read More
Metal Shark launches new unmanned surface vehicles

Metal Shark launches new unmanned surface vehicles

(JEANERETTE, La.) — Louisiana-based boatbuilder Metal Shark has announced the debut of Prowler, a versatile military craft combining multiple unique technologies to meet the current and near future warfighting requirements of the U.S. military and its allies. The company is also debuting Frenzy, a high-performance, low-cost, amphibious micro unmanned surface vehicle (USV) with a payload-carrying capacity of up to 14…
Read More
Eastern, Royal IHC partnering on new Army Corps dredge

Eastern, Royal IHC partnering on new Army Corps dredge

(PANAMA CITY, Fla.) — Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) has announced a strategic partnership with Royal IHC to design and construct a highly automated medium-class hopper dredge for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The vessel, contracted for the Department of Defense, is slated for delivery in 2027. The dredge will be constructed at ESG's Allanton and Port St. Joe…
Read More
St. Johns to build six deck barges for Jones Act lessor

St. Johns to build six deck barges for Jones Act lessor

(PALATKA, Fla.) — St. Johns Ship Building has signed a contract with Seapath for construction of six ABS deck barges in support of the company's Jones Act leasing business. The barges will be built at St Johns Ship Building’s facility in Palatka, Fla., and will be dispatched to multiple charterers along the East Coast. “Domestic maritime transportation is the backbone…
Read More
Davie wins design contract for Canada’s new icebreakers

Davie wins design contract for Canada’s new icebreakers

(LEVIS, Quebec) — Chantier Davie Canada announced Monday that it has been awarded its first National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) contract by the government of Canada for the design of the six-ship fleet of the nation’s future program icebreakers. This milestone marks the beginning of Davie’s NSS work package to replenish Canada’s Arctic fleet. Each initiative under the contract will help…
Read More
Texas christens hybrid ferry for Galveston Island service

Texas christens hybrid ferry for Galveston Island service

(HOUSTON) — The Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) recently christened its new 293-foot double-ended hybrid ferry, Esperanze "Hope" Andrade. The Shearer Group Inc. (TSGI) began working with TXDOT to design and provide construction oversight services for the vessel in 2017. The vessel was built by Gulf Island Fabricators in Houma, La. It is named for the first female chair of…
Read More
BHGI welcomes naval architect Kyle Pagan

BHGI welcomes naval architect Kyle Pagan

(BRISTOL, R.I.) — Bristol Harbor Group Inc. (BHGI) has welcomed Kyle Pagan as a naval architect to its naval architecture and marine engineering firm. Pagan holds a master’s degree in naval architecture and marine engineering from the University of New Orleans and a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from Louisiana State University. For his graduate research, he conducted an in-depth…
Read More