Good News for U.S. Shipyards

From our perspective, based on the conversations we’ve had at the Workboat Show this week, the commercial marine industry is poised for a productive 2013.


We’ve spoken with other architects and designers as well as builders, engineers and suppliers. The general consensus is that activity is picking up, contracts are flowing and new projects are on the horizon. In fact, many new projects have come across the table. We continue to hear success stories about new business development. Contracts are coming in from government entities – law enforcement, port authorities, tourism, etc. The oil and gas industry seeks offshore supply vessels. Shipping and trade is hot. Industry wide it seems that activity is increasing and it points to an exciting time in 2013.


That’s good news for U.S. shipyards, builders and design and engineering companies. It’s also good news for local economies and the industry as a whole – everyone benefits from a healthy and vital industry.


Commerical marine industry healthy for 2013
Photo by Rusty Costanza / Times-Picayune archive) Richard Thompson, | The Times-Picayune


Boksa Marine Design is currently at the International Workboat Show 2012. Reports from local media say that 14,000 will be around the show here in New Orleans. Here’s an excerpt from one news report…


“After a year in which federal regulators approved the most permits for new Gulf of Mexico deepwater drilling projects since 2007, oil and gas operators aren’t alone in wanting to capitalize on the industry’s local upswing. And as thousands gathered in New Orleans for this week’s International WorkBoat Show, organizers and those in the maritime industry were eager to find out what others are planning for the year ahead, who will be building new supply vessels, and what kind of drilling activity to expect elsewhere on the shelf.


The three-day event, which started Wednesday, is touted as the largest maritime trade show in North America. The show and conference is expected to draw more than 14,000 visitors from around the world to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, making it one of the top 20 largest conventions scheduled this year.


“There’s a lot of activity on the books for 2013, construction-wise, installation-wise, but I think the future of drilling is still in question for anything other than deepwater,” said Robert Socha, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Bollinger Shipyards of Lockport.”


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