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12 Shipyard Operations to Share $9.46M

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

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Ship painting, blasting and manufacturing operations in 10 states will see expanded capabilities, facility upgrades and new technologies from $9.46 million in newly released federal grants.

The Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration announced grants Wednesday (July 24) to 12 shipyards as part of its Small Shipyard Grant Program. The goal of the funding is to foster efficiencies and technologies that allow the yards to compete more effectively in the global marketplace, officials said.

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C&C Marine

C&C Marine and Repair, of Belle Chasse, LA, will use its $999,920 award for a 220-ton hydraulic crane. Officials said the grants would fund improvements to help the 12 shipyards add jobs and compete globally.

The grants will fund a variety of projects, including infrastructure improvements and equipment upgrades to increase operational competitiveness and quality vessel construction, officials said.

“Improvements at our shipyards mean more ships can be built right here in the United States, which means more jobs for hard-working Americans,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in announcing the grants. “These grants are about creating new opportunities in our local communities, as well as competing in the global economy.”

Demand and Reward

Demand for the grants outstripped the available funds tenfold: MARAD said it had received 113 grant applications requesting $96 million in assistance.

Still, the agency said, U.S. shipyards have received more than $150 million in federal funds for production upgrades since 2009.

"Shipyards across the nation continue to create new jobs and strengthen local economies," MARAD said in its announcement.

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Thames Shipyard and Repair of New London, CT, will use funding from the Small Shipyard Grant Program for new surface preparation equipment.

Acting Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen said shipyards had a far-reaching ripple effect on the economy. “While shipyards improve their infrastructure, they’re also creating new opportunities in industries and communities across the country,” he said.

By way of example, MARAD said that Marine Travelift Inc., of Sturgeon Bay, WI, had indirectly benefited from the shipyard program by providing boat hoists and other marine services to grant recipients. According to MTI, this has translated into nearly $15 million in revenue, allowing the company to create more jobs in the region, MARAD said.

Recipient List

Jaenichen announced the grants at Jeffboat LLC, in Jeffersonville, IN. Jeffboat, the manufacturing division of American Commercial Lines, received $845,817 to redesign and modernize one of its vessel lines.

Jeffboat has four production lines that are used for the construction of barges ranging in size from river hopper barges to 52,000-barrel tank barges.

Jeffboat LLC
Jeffboat LLC

The grants were announced at Jeffboat LLC, in Jeffersonville, IN. The company received $845,817.

The other recipients and their awards are:

  • All American Marine (Bellingham, WA): $999,100 for overhead cranes, welding machines, CNC router, scissors lifts, painting area upgrades, and ventilation upgrades.
  • Blount Boats (Warren, RI): $680,272 for metalworking equipment, engineering software, big top portable work shelter, and material handling enhancements.
  • C&C Marine and Repair (Belle Chasse, LA): $999,920 for a 220-ton hydraulic crane.
  • Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp. (Salisbury, MD): $559,686 for an industrial gas system, compressed air system, and mobile crane.
  • Conrad Orange Shipyard (Orange, TX): $686,539 for shipyard electrical upgrades.
  • Dorchester Shipyard Inc. (Dorchester, NJ): $945,800 for a new floating dry dock.
  • International Ship and Repair & Marine Services (Tampa, FL): $980,260 for a 275-ton crawler crane.
  • Lyon Shipyard (Norfolk, VA): $779,168 for computer numerically controlled (CNC) lathe.
  • North Florida Shipyard (Jacksonville, FL): $459,160 for wastewater treatment and recycling system.
  • Seacraft Shipyard LLC (Amelia, LA): $1.1 million for a marine travelift.
  • Thames Shipyard and Repair Co. (New London, CT): $422,264 for flow UHP (ultra-high pressure) surface preparation system.

   

Tagged categories: Department of Transportation (DOT); Economy; Marine; Marine Coatings; Shipyards; Surface preparation

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