The editors of WorkBoat recently chose the 10 Significant Boats of 2014. In the past, we have announced and recognized the 10 winners during an awards ceremony at the International WorkBoat Show in New Orleans.

This year we have changed the format. Not only will we recognize this year’s 10 winners at a breakfast awards ceremony before the show opens on Thursday, Dec. 4, but we will also select a Boat of the Year from among the 10 winners.

This year's winners include pilot boats, tugs, a Z-drive towboat, a passenger vessel, a fuel-service vessel, OSVs and a cargo/transport vessel. The winning owners/operators, shipyards and designers are from all coasts and represent most workboat sectors.

Here are the 2014 winners, in alphabetical order (boat name, owner/operator, shipyard and designer):

Astoria, Columbia River Bar Pilots, Kvichak Marine Industries, Camarc Design

Buckley McAllister, McAllister Towing & Transportation, Senesco Marine, Jensen Maritime Consultants

Capt. Frank Banta Jr., Chem Carriers, Rodriguez Shipbuilding/Chem Carriers, Rodriguez Shipbuilding/Chem Carriers

Fort Ripley, Southeast Ocean Response Services/Charleston Branch Pilots Association, Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding/C. Raymond Hunt Associates

Great Expectations, John W. Stone Oil Distributor/Edison Chouest Offshore, La Ship, Edison Chouest Offshore

Hornblower Guardian, Hornblower Cruises & Events, All American Marine, Elliott Bay Design Group

HOSMAX 300- and 310-Class, Hornbeck Offshore Services, Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Vard Marine

Signet Arcturus and Signet Polaris, Signet Maritime, Patti Marine Enterprises, Robert Allan Ltd.

Tender 4, New York State Canal Corp., New York State Canal Corp., Elco Motor Yachts

Unalaq, Bowhead Transport, Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, Columbia-Sentinel Engineers

Congratulations to the winners.

Be sure to register for the show, which runs from Dec. 3-5.


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.