MARAD Awards More Than $20 Mln to Small US Shipyards
More than $20 million in grant funding has been awarded to support capital improvement projects at 29 small shipyards in 22 states across the U.S.
The funding, awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) Small Shipyard Grant Program, supports capital improvements that foster increased efficiency and economic growth.
“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.
In order to be eligible for the grant awards, the small American shipyards must have less than 1,200 production employees.
American shipyards of various sizes play a significant role within the country's maritime sector, contributing to the national economy, supporting national security, maintaining critical infrastructure and creating employment opportunities for working families and in small communities. In the U.S., shipyards support more than 400,000 jobs and contribute more than $37 billion in Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
“By supporting small shipyards, we are investing in the maritime infrastructure of the country,” said Maritime Administrator Mark H. Buzby.
Since 2008, MARAD’s Small Shipyard Grant Program has awarded over $183 million to help fund upgrades and expansions at more than 180 small shipyards.
A complete list of this year's grant recipients is below:
- Master Boat Builders, Inc. in Bayou La Batre, Ala. was awarded $1,332,607 to support the purchase of a 182-ton capacity crawler, 55-ton mobile crane and a 30-ton rough terrain crane.
- Catalyst Marine Engineering, Inc. in Seward, Alaska was awarded $400,097 to support the purchase of a Mach 500 water jet cutting system.
- Marine Group Boat Works, LLC in Chula Vista, Calif. was awarded $392,037 to support the purchase of a CNC plasma table, 125-foot boom lift and a 33,000-pound forklift.
- Patti Marine Enterprise, Inc. in Pensacola, Fla. was awarded $449,231 to support the purchase of a plasma cutting machine and iron worker.
- Glasstech Corp. in Miami, Fla. was awarded $715,688 to support the purchase of a 165-ton marine travelift and a 65-ton vessel transporter.
- Pacific Shipyards International in Honolulu, Hawaii was awarded $731,159 in support of the purchase of a spray paint sandblast booth, hydraulic press with tooling, universal valve tester package with console and tooling, and four base plate mounted jibs.
- National Maintenance and Repair, Inc. in Hartford, Ill. was awarded $217,538 to support the purchase of a plasma cutting system.
- James Marine, Inc. dba Walker Boat Yard of Paducah, Ky. was awarded $1,125,000 to support the purchase of an 80-ton rough terrain crane.
- Gravois Aluminum Boats, LLC in Jeanerette, La. was awarded $451,860 to support the purchase of an 80-ton rough terrain crane and welding equipment.
- Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport LLC in Lockport, La. was awarded $521,753 to support the purchase of a lathe mill multi-task machine and a Python X Robotics CNC plasma cutting structural fabrication system.
- Washburn & Doughty Associates, Inc. in West Boothbay, Maine was awarded $618,750 to support the purchase of robotic welding machines and a CNC lathe.
- Front Street Shipyard in Belfast, Maine was awarded $667,028 to support the purchase of a water jet cutting machine.
- Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp. of Salisbury, Md. was awarded $492,047 to support the purchase of four extending boom forklifts, a mobile crane and construction of larger mobile launching ways.
- North Shore Marine Terminal & Logistics, Inc. in Escanaba, Mich. was awarded $713,468 in support of the modernization, safety and uptime improvements of material cutting and handling equipment.
- United States Marine, Inc. in Gulfport, Miss. was awarded $313,270 in support of the establishment of a lamination apprentice program and the purchase of a CNC core cutting machine and paint booth.
- SCF Services, Inc. in St. Louis, Mo. was awarded $489,917 in support of the purchase of a 110-ton crawler crane and employee skills training.
- Jarrett Bay Boatworks, Inc. in Beaufort, N.C. was awarded $1,000,000 to support the purchase of a 300-ton marine travelift.
- Bayonne Drydock and Repair Corp. in Bayonne, N.J. was awarded $1,081,950 in support of the purchase of a CNC plasma table, brake press, plate roll, welding machines, iron worker, graving dock upgrades and hydroblast equipment.
- Dorchester Shipyard, Inc. in Dorchester, N.J. was awarded $232,585 in support of the purchase of two electric air compressor systems and electrical upgrades in the shipyard.
- Ironhead Marine Inc. in Toledo, Ohio was awarded $768,500 to support the purchase of a 150-ton off-road crane.
- Sause Bros. Inc. dba Southern Oregon Marine, Inc. in Coos Bay, Ore. was awarded $642,329 in support of the purchase of a mobile rough terrain crane, air compressors and a self-contained fabricated paint management system.
- Metal Trades, Inc. in Hollywood, S.C. was awarded $520,167 to support the purchase of a kinetic heavy duty cutting and drilling machine.
- Gulf Copper Dry Dock & Rig Repair in Galveston, Texas was awarded $1,296,820 to support the construction of a 4,500-ton dry dock.
- Glendale Boat Works, Inc. in Channelview, Texas was awarded $1,064,654 to support the purchase of a 400-ton marine travelift.
- Marine Hydraulics International, Inc. in Norfolk, Va. was awarded $505,617 to support to the purchase of ten forklifts.
- Snow and Company, Inc. in Seattle, Wash. was awarded $67,511 to support the purchase of a Scotchman iron worker, Preston Eastin 2-axis weld positioner, engraving machine and four new welding machines.
- Ice Floe, LLC dba Nichols Brother Boat Builders in Freeland, Wash. was awarded $1,312,500 to support the purchase of a 250-ton lattice boom crawler crane.
- Fincantieri Marine Group LLC dba Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay, Wisc. was awarded $1,401,061 in support of the purchase and installation of four 50-ton overhead cranes.
- Fraser Shipyard, Inc. in Superior, Wisc. was awarded $500,738 to support the purchase of two self-propelled modular transporters and a high capacity forklift.