Why Are American Shipyards So Expensive And Prone To Delay?

In today’s episode of The REAL gCaptain podcast Captain John Konrad reflects on a topic that frustrates, saddens and sometimes angers him… the state of American Shipyards today. The fact is that building ships in America is significantly more expensive and prone to delay (which is VERY expensive from an economists point of view). The question is why? And John’s answer to … [Read more...]

MARAD Awards $9.8 Million to Small Shipyards

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration (MARAD) has awarded a total of $9.8 million to 18 U.S. small shipyards to help pay for industrial modernizations that will increase productivity and allow the country’s small shipyards to compete more effectively in the global marketplace. The funding was awarded through MARAD's Small Shipyard Grant … [Read more...]

Philly Shipyard Delivers Jones Act Tanker To Kinder Morgan

Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI) today delivered the American Endurance, the first of four next generation 50,000 dwt product tankers that it is building for American Petroleum Tankers (APT), a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, Inc. This delivery is the 25th vessel built by PSI (formerly known as Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc.). The next generation 50,000 dwt product tanker … [Read more...]

Huntington Ingalls Lays Keel Of New USCG Cutter

Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) authenticated the keel of the U.S. Coast Guard's National Security Cutter Hamilton (WMSL 753) today at the company's Ingalls Shipbuilding facility. Mrs. Linda Kapral Papp, wife of Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr., commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, is the ship's sponsor. Her initials were welded on a keel plate that will be part of the ship as … [Read more...]

Bay Shipbuilding Begins Construction on Tidewater PSV’s

Fincantieri Marine Group says its Bay Shipbuilding division has started construction on two Polar Class PSV's for Tidewater Marine.  The PSV's are of the MMC 887 LH PSV design from MMC Ship Design of Poland. The twin 92.4-meter deepwater PSVs feature a state-of-the-art diesel-electric Z-drive propulsion system with redundant dynamic positioning (DPS-2), polar class 7 (Ice … [Read more...]