USDOT’s Maritime Administration announces grants to small shipyards

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

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