WASHINGTON, D.C. —U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced $9.98 million in grants to 13 small shipyards throughout the U.S. to help modernize facilities, increase productivity, and help make the country’s small shipyards more competitive in the global marketplace.
More than 50,000 Americans are employed by small shipyards in more than 30 states. The facilities vary in size, from family-owned businesses employing a few dozen workers to state-of-the-art facilities with hundreds of employees.
“These grants will help improve our ability to build and repair ships in the United States, strengthening our economy and helping position these small businesses and shipyard workers to be better prepared to win the future,” said Secretary LaHood.
The U.S Maritime Administration’s (MARAD) Small Shipyard Grants Program provides money to help this vital segment of America’s maritime industry invest in production equipment, provide technical skills training for employees, and maintain and create well-paying jobs by keeping these businesses competitive.
Grants will be given to:
Alaska Ship and Drydock Inc. – Ketchikan Shipyard (Ketchikan, Alaska) – $1,018,314.75 for a One Side Welder, a Material Handling System and a CNC Cutting System
BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards Alabama, LLC (Mobile, Ala.) – $1,008,838.00 for a Steel Profile Processing System
Bay Ship & Yacht Co. (Alameda, Calif.) – $405,789.00 for an Air Compressor and Electrical Upgrades
Brownsville Marine Products, LLC (Brownsville, Penn.) – $877,940.25 for an Automated Blast and Coat System
C&C Marine Maintenance – Congo Shipyard (Newell, W.V.) – $1,232,135.00 for a new Drydock
Hendry Corporation (Tampa, Fla.) – $1,000,000.00 for a new Drydock
Ice Floe, LLC dba Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (Freeland, Wash.) – $519,761.00 for 25 Ton and 40 Ton Mobile Cranes
Jamesbuilt, LLC (Calvert City, Ky.) – $882,150.00 for a One Side Panel Welding System
Marinette Marine Corporation (Marinette, Wis.) – $604,394.00 for a Dust Collection System and Air Compressors
MBLH Marine, LLC dba Vessel Repair (Port Arthur, Texas) – $525,000.00 for a 20 Ton Tower Crane
Senesco Marine, LLC (North Kingstown, R.I.) – $279,677.00 for Launch Equipment and Software
Southwest Shipyard, LP (Channelview, Texas) – $664,325.00 for a Stiffener Welding System
Yank Marine, Inc. (Tuckahoe, N.J.) – $961,676.00 for a 300 Ton Marine Travelift