Every year, Workboat magazine lists the top ten news stories of the year and this year, there were some obvious, some not so obvious, and some, well, let’s just say that’s not what we would have picked.
Ranking in at number one this year was the Deepwater Horizon disaster, with the resulting drilling moratorium at number two. Other selections included the recession in the workboat industry, a sluggish year for boatbuilders, the ongoing asian carp crisis, TWIC and the NMC, the green revolution lead by FOSS Maritime, and the Duckboat. Yes, the Duckboat.
But what are some stories that were left out? The attack on the Jones Act? The developments in offshore wind farms and the Cape Wind project? Austal and Fincantieri’s winning bids on the 20 Littoral Combat Ships ordered by the U.S. Navy? The single hull tanker ban in Korea? China’s booming shipbuilding industry? Noble Drilling’s acquisition of Frontier? The new Coast Guard inspection requirement for vessels operating on inland waterways? How about the U.S.’s retreat from offshore drilling off the South Atlantic and eastern Gulf coast?
Read HERE for the full list provided by Workboat.com and let us know what you would include in the comments below.