b"FOGHORN FOCUS Building BackSARAH FERRETTI// FOGHORNBurger Boat Company continues work on the Neebish Islander III Ferry. A s we pass the halfway point of the year, we spoke to four ship- economic challenges around the worldincluding supply chain and builders for a snapshot of where the industry is and where itworkforce needsand that their company is still feeling the impact may be going. Like many areas of life, things arent quite whatof that. We see recruitment as a big part of our future. To do that they were two and a half years ago, but as business picks up, there isright, we have to put the next generation of shipbuilders in a position optimism about the future.to succeedincluding skilled tradesman and those ready to get their start, a spokesperson for the company said. As we actively recruit, we When asked if the shipbuilding industry is back on track to approachare committed to training and mentorship.pre-pandemic levels, Peter Duclos, president and director of business development at Duclos Corporation, Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding,Ron Wille, president & COO of All American Marine (AAM), based Somerset, Mass., noted that its hard to say. Demand has certainlyin Bellingham, Wash., talked about shifts in the types of projects increased since mid-2020 for sure, however we are limited by materialstheyve been doing. We have some vessel operators in certain areas supply and skilled labor. So no, I dont think we are back to pre-pandem- of the country that, with the exception of 2020 which hit everybody ic levels. Bette Jean Yank of Yank Marine in Tuckahoe, N.J., echoedvery hard, have seen a tremendous boom in the market. He noted his sentiment saying, We don't think that the shipbuilding industry isthat it depends on a companys location and such factors as individ-quite back to pre-pandemic levels yet, but we are definitely on our way.ual state mandates. Some operators had a real high spot in 2021 and 2022. Were seeing inquiries from that segment of the market, but not The team at Burger Boat Company in Manitowoc, Wis., faces thethe whole market, not all of the passenger vessel operators, he said. same issues that Duclos mentioned, noting that the pandemic createdHe mentioned three new passenger vessels AAM delivered between FOGHORN 8"