Horizon shipbuilding, Inc. announced that it has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Little Rock District, to build the M/V Shorty Baird Replacement, a 95' Z-drive towboat. This is the latest of three recent USACE contracts, having delivered the M/V George Grugett, a 114' towboat, in August of this year and the M/V General Irwin, a 58' towboat, in April 2012.
Horizon owns and operates two shipyard facilities in Bayou La Batre, Alabama, located on a 100' wide channel with an 18' dredged depth. The builder said it can manufacture ships, bots and barges up to 300' in length, as well as other steel fabrication. Horizon's workforce consists of 400 full-time management, engineering and production personnel. Horizon manufactures in three media (steel, aluminum and fiberglass) for a customer base which includes various U.S. government agencies, offshore boat companies and inland river operators.