SNAME is proud to announce that the USCGC Mackinaw (WLBB-30), a 240-foot vessel designed and built by Marinette Marine Corporation (a FINCANTIERI company), has been designated the SNAME Ship of the Month for June, 2010.
The USCGC Mackinaw is a heavy icebreaker operating in the North American Great Lakes for the United States Coast Guard. She should not be confused with her predecessor, USCGC Mackinaw (WAGB-83), which was decommissioned on June 10, 2006.
Mackinaw was delivered to the Coast Guard on November 18, 2005 and commissioned on June 10, 2006. In addition to her ice-breaking duties, the Mackinaw also serves as an Aids to Navigation platform, performing the same duties as the Seagoing Buoy Tenders (WLB) of the Coast Guard fleet. Mackinaw’s other roles include Marine Environmental Protection and Search and Rescue
One of the Mackinaw's many unique features is the use of two azimuthing ABB Azipods for main propulsion. These podded propulsor units coupled with a bow thruster make the ship exceptionally maneuverable.
Numerous SNAME members contributed to the Design and Construction of the USCGC Mackinaw, WLBB-30. Marinette Marine employs well over a dozen SNAME Members.
SNAME features the Picture of the Month on every page of www.SNAME.org and in the SNAME e-newsletter. It is rotated on a monthly basis. SNAME Members are encouraged to submit digital photos of the vessels, platforms and other craft resulting from member work for inclusion on SNAME.org main banner. Only high-quality, horizontally oriented digital images of content with an obvious connection to SNAME members will be considered for inclusion. For consideration, members should submit photos with a short description to SNAME Communications & Web Strategist Mark Eichler at email@example.com.
The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers is an internationally recognized non-profit, technical, professional society of individual members serving the maritime and offshore industries and their suppliers. Founded in 1893, the Society comprises over 10,000 individuals throughout the United States, Canada and abroad. Membership is open to all qualified applicants in or associated with the maritime, offshore, and small craft industries