Figure 2-1 U.S. Commercial Shipbuilding Orderbook History as of June 2001 (Thousands of gross tons)

Figure 2-1
U.S. Commercial Shipbuilding Orderbook History as of June 2001
(Thousands of gross tons)

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Year Number of ships Gross tons
1975 77 4.7
1976 71 4.5
1977 51 3.5
1978 59 2.6
1979 62 1.9
1980 46 1.2
1981 35 0.8
1982 21 0.4
1983 13 0.2
1984 14 0.3
1985 11 0.3
1986 7 0.2
1987 0 0
1988 0 0
1989 0 0
1990 3 0.04
1991 3 0.04
1992 1 0.016
1993 1 0.016
1994 3 0.062279
1995 10 0.248016
1996 14 0.371862
1997 12 0.430404
1998 5 0.325391
1999 10 0.570726
2000 16 1.049054
2001 15 1.047474

*2001 Data as of June 1, 2001.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, Shipyard Activity Reports, 1975-2001.

  • U.S. ranks 8th in world merchant shipbuilding orderbook in terms of coverage.
  • U.S. ranked 8th in world merchant shipbuilding in 1975.
  • The increase in U.S. shipbuilding activity since the low point in the 1980s was due to such occurrences as the increase in orders for offshore supply vessels, replacement of aging vessels, and the federal assistance programs.