MarAd prioritizes offshore wind vessels for loan program

MarAd prioritizes offshore wind vessels for loan program

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Maritime Administration (MarAd) on Friday announced the designation of offshore wind vessels as "vessels of national interest," making them eligible for financial support through the Title XI Federal Ship Financing Program (Title XI). This designation will facilitate more offshore wind construction and will prioritize applications for such projects for review and funding through Title XI. The…
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Snow begins building hybrid cat for Northwest lab

Snow begins building hybrid cat for Northwest lab

(SEATTLE) — Construction has commenced at Snow & Company in Seattle on a 50-foot hybrid research catamaran for operation by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). The vessel, designed by Incat Crowther, is equipped with an A-frame, boom crane and movable davit in addition to access to a foldable swim platform, extracting maximum functionality from the space. Stairs offer direct…
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Master Boat delivers another Rotortug to Seabulk

Master Boat delivers another Rotortug to Seabulk

(MOBILE, Ala.) — Master Boat Builders (MBB) on Thursday announced that Hermes, an advanced Rotortug (ART 90-98US), was delivered to Seabulk earlier this month. The vessel was designed by Robert Allan Ltd. and built at MBB’s yard in Coden, Ala. Hermes has an overall length of 98.5 feet, beam of 43.5 feet, and bollard pull of 80 tons. It features…
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Americraft Marine acquires St. Johns Ship Building

Americraft Marine acquires St. Johns Ship Building

(NEW YORK) — Americraft Marine on Monday announced the acquisition of St. Johns Ship Building, a full-service marine facility specializing in constructing and repairing Jones Act-compliant vessels, including those used to service offshore wind turbines. Based in Palatka, Fla., near Jacksonville, St. Johns Ship Building specializes in the construction and repair of a wide variety of steel and aluminum vessels,…
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Eastern launches hopper dredge for Weeks Marine

Eastern launches hopper dredge for Weeks Marine

(PANAMA CITY, Fla.) — Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) on Friday successfully launched R.B. Weeks, the second trailing suction hopper dredge the shipbuilder has constructed for Weeks Marine. R.B. Weeks (ESG Hull 258) is named in honor of Richard B. Weeks, a co-founder of Weeks Marine and married to Magdalen Weeks, the namesake of the sister vessel Magdalen (ESG 256), built…
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Ingalls gets order for 16th San Antonio-class LPD

Ingalls gets order for 16th San Antonio-class LPD

(PASCAGOULA, Miss.) — Ingalls Shipbuilding has received a $240 million, cost-plus-fixed-fee advance procurement contract from the U.S. Navy to provide long-lead-time material and advance construction activities for amphibious transport dock LPD 32. The ship will be the 16th in the San Antonio class constructed at Ingalls. “Our shipbuilders are proud to continue building these amphibious ships that are integral to…
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Thoma-Sea hosts keel laying for newest NOAA ship

Thoma-Sea hosts keel laying for newest NOAA ship

(HOUMA, La.) — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Thoma-Sea Marine Constructors held a keel-laying ceremony in Houma, La., on Wednesday for NOAA’s newest oceanographic research ship, Oceanographer. During the ceremony, the initials of the ship’s sponsor, Linda Kwok Schatz, wife of U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii, was welded onto a steel plate that will be incorporated…
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Davie, Canada in talks to add more icebreakers

Davie, Canada in talks to add more icebreakers

(OTTAWA, Ontario) — The government of Canada has announced that it will begin negotiations with Chantier Davie of Levis, Quebec, toward an umbrella agreement to become the third strategic partner under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). Pending successful negotiations, an agreement is expected to be in place by the end of 2022. The NSS is a long-term, multibillion-dollar program to…
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Alabama pilots order second Gladding-Hearn launch

Alabama pilots order second Gladding-Hearn launch

(SOMERSET, Mass.) — The Alabama Pilot Inc. in Mobile, Ala., has ordered its second Chesapeake-class high-speed pilot boat from Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corp. Delivery of the new 53-footer is set for mid-2023; delivery of its first Chesapeake launch, Dixey, was in 2017. With a length overall of 53.6 feet, a beam of 17.8 feet, and a draft of 4.6 feet,…
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