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MARAD Announces Small Shipyard Grants

Monday, July 30, 2018

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To help increase efficiency and growth for small shipyards, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) recently awarded $20 million in grants to 29 shipyards as part of its Small Shipyard Grant program.

To qualify for the grant, a shipyard must have less than 1,200 production employees on staff. Since 2008, the grant program has provided $183 million in funding to more than 180 small shipyards.

Out of the grants issued, three pertained to coatings equipment.

  • Pacific Shipyards International, in Honolulu, Hawaii, was awarded $731,159 toward the purchase of a spray paint sandblast booth and hydraulic press with tooling and universal valve-tester package, along with four base plate-mounted jibs. Pacific Shipyards International’s parent company, Pacific Marine and Supply, was established in 1944. PSI itself keeps a large subcontractor workforce.
     
  • United States Marine Inc., of Gulfport, Mississippi, was awarded $313,270 toward purchasing a paint booth and a CNC core cutting machine, as well as establishing a lamination apprentice program. United States Marine was founded in 1971, originally specializing in racing sailboats, but then shifting focus to military, patrol and special warfare boats in 1987.
     
  • Sause Bros. Inc., doing business as Southern Oregon Marine Inc., of Coos Bay, Oregon, received $642,329 for the purchase of a self-contained fabricated paint-management system, air compressors and a mobile rough-terrain crane. South Oregon Maine Inc. was established in 1979, specializing in lumber barges, covered house barges, double hull liquid cargo barges, line haul and ship assist tugs.
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To help increase efficiency and growth for small shipyards, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) recently awarded $20 million in grants to 29 shipyards as part of its Small Shipyard Grant program.

A number of other grants were also awarded, each contributing to the other demands of running a shipyard, which includes machinery acquisitions and establishing new dry docks.

  • Glasstech Corp. (Miami) was awarded $715,688 to purchase a marine travelift and a vessel transporter.
  • Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport LLC (Lockport, Louisiana) won $521,753 toward the purchase of a lathe mill multi-task machine as well as a Python X Robotics CNC plasma cutting structural fabrication system.
  • Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp. (Salisbury, Maryland) was awarded $492,047 toward the acquisition of four extending boom forklifts, a mobile crane and for the construction of larger mobile launching ways.
  • Front Street Shipyard (Belfast, Maine) won $667,028 to acquire a water jet cutting machine.
  • North Shore Marine Terminal & Logistics Inc. (Escanaba, Michigan) was granted $713,468 in order for the shipyard to modernize as well as make safety and uptime upgrades to its material cutting and handling equipment.
  • Jarrett Bay Boatworks Inc. (Beaufort, North Carolina) was awarded $1,000,000 to help acquire a 300-ton marine travelift.
  • Bayonne Drydock and Repair Corp. (Bayonne, New Jersey) was awarded $1,081,950 in support of the purchase of hydroblast equipment, a CNC plasma table, an iron worker, graving dock upgrades and other new machinery.
  • Gulf Copper Dry Dock & Rig Repair (Galveston, Texas) was awarded $1,296,820 to assist with the construction of a 4,500-ton dry dock.
  • Glendale Boat Works Inc. (Channelview, Texas) was awarded $1,064,654 to support the purchase of a marine travelift.

“These grants are an investment in our country’s small shipyards and will help create good jobs for America’s workers,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

   

Tagged categories: Business operations; Funding; Grants; Marine; Maritime Administration; NA; North America; Program/Project Management; Shipyards

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