WorkBoat names its Significant Boats of 2016

WorkBoat has named its 10 Significant Boats of 2016. This year’s list includes two fireboats, a wind farm vessel, 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. The 10 boats will be recognized at an awards breakfast at the International WorkBoat Show on Thursday, Dec. 1. The breakfast will culminate with the selection of the Boat of the Year.

Here are the 10 winners, in alphabetical order:

Atlantic Pioneer (Wind Farm Vessel — pictured above )

Owner: Atlantic Wind Transfers

Builder: Blount Boats

Designer: South Boats IOW


The Coastal Interceptor

Coastal Interceptor

Coastal Interceptor Vessel (Patrol Boat)

Owner: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Builder: Safe Boats International

Designer: Safe Boats International



The towboat Dan Reeves

Dan Reeves

Dan Reeves (Towboat)

Owner: Corps of Engineers

Builder: Horizon Shipbuilding

Designer: Army Corps of Engineers Marine Design Center



The Donna J Bouchard

Donna J Bouchard and B. No. 272

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


The Elizabeth Anne

Elizabeth Anne


Elizabeth Anne (Tug)

Owner: Vane Brothers Co.

Builder: St. Johns Ship Building

Designer: Entech Designs LLC






San Francisco Fireboat 3

San Francisco Fireboat 3

Fireboat 3 (Fireboat)

Owner: San Francisco Fire Department

Builder: Vigor Industrial

Designer: Jensen Maritime



La Espada

La Espada

La Espada (Passenger Vessel)

Owner: Harbor Breeze Cruises

Builder: All American Marine

Designer: Teknicraft Design



The Manatee


Manatee (Pilot Boat)

Owner: Tampa Bay Pilots Association

Builder: Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding

Designer: C. Raymond Hunt Associates



The Protector


Protector (Fireboat)

Owner: Port of Long Beach

Builder: Foss Seattle Shipyard

Designer: Robert Allan Ltd.




Seacor Olmeca

Seacor Olmeca (Offshore Service Vessel)

Owner: Seacor Offshore LLC

Builder: Master Boat Builders

Designer: Master Boat Builders


About the author

David Krapf

David Krapf has been editor of WorkBoat, the nation’s leading trade magazine for the inland and coastal waterways industry, since 1999. He is responsible for overseeing the editorial direction of the publication. Krapf has been in the publishing industry since 1987, beginning as a reporter and editor with daily and weekly newspapers in the Houston area. He also was the editor of a transportation industry daily in New Orleans before joining WorkBoat as a contributing editor in 1992. He has been covering the transportation industry since 1989, and has a degree in business administration from the State University of New York at Oswego, and also studied journalism at the University of Houston.


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    We are honored to have La Espada chosen – it has proven to be Southern California’s most popular catamaran and is multi-use for transportation, public cruises and yacht charters. If you could only see the bright blue glow when it’s all lit up at night!

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    I’ve been on the LA Espada and it is an awesome boat! The employees are so helpful. I’ll be going on it again soon.

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    Elizabeth Anne (Tug)
    Good precise design , perfect workmanship, also nice photo.
    Apparently it is a 100’x34′ tug with 2500 hp ,a wish for a lot of sailors to be on it including me.

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