WorkBoat magazine recognized its 10 Significant Boats of 2016 and named its Boat of the Year at an awards ceremony at the International WorkBoat Show Thursday morning.
The Atlantic Pioneer, the first U.S.-flag wind farm vessel, was built by Blount Boats for Atlantic Wind Transfers. It was designed by South Boats IOW.
“It’s a fascinating industry that American shipyards can be a part of,” said Marcia Blount, president of Blount Boats. “We’re just the crew vessels, we’re just the first. There’s going to be a mix of these vessels going out to these wind farms.”
This year’s list of top boats included two fireboats, a patrol boat, towboat, tug, passenger vessel, pilot boat, articulated tug-barge, and an offshore service vessel.
Four of the vessels were built at West Coast shipyards, three at East Coast yards, and three at Gulf of Mexico yards.
Here are the other nine winners, in alphabetical order:
Coastal Interceptor Vessel (Patrol Boat)
Owner: U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Builder: Safe Boats International
Designer: Safe Boats International
Dan Reeves (Towboat)
Owner: Corps of Engineers
Builder: Horizon Shipbuilding
Designer: Army Corps of Engineers Marine Design Center
Donna J. Bouchard/B. No. 272 and Kim M. Bouchard/B No. 270 (Articulated Tug-Barge)
Owner: Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc.
Builder: VT Halter Marine
Designer: Guarino & Cox
Elizabeth Anne (Tug)
Owner: Vane Brothers Co.
Builder: St. Johns Ship Building
Designer: Entech Designs LLC
Fireboat 3 (Fireboat)
Owner: San Francisco Fire Department
Builder: Vigor Industrial
Designer: Jensen Maritime
La Espada (Passenger Vessel)
Owner: Harbor Breeze Cruises
Builder: All American Marine
Designer: Teknicraft Design
Manatee (Pilot Boat)
Owner: Tampa Bay Pilots Association
Builder: Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding
Designer: C. Raymond Hunt Associates
Owner: Port of Long Beach
Builder: Foss Seattle Shipyard
Designer: Robert Allan Ltd.
Seacor Olmeca (Offshore Service Vessel)
Owner: Seacor Offshore LLC
Builder: Master Boat Builders
Designer: Master Boat Builders