Shipyards in the US have received a total of US$19.6M in government grants to upgrade their facilities for ship repair and construction
The US Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) will supply US$19.6M of grants to shipyards in 15 states. These funds will be shared by 31 shipyards, including the main builders of tugs, workboats, inland towing vessels and push boats.
Grants will be used to modernise infrastructure, increase productivity and expand local employment opportunities.
“Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy, and small shipyards play a critical role in America’s maritime industry,” said US secretary of transportation Pete Buttigieg. “These grants go directly to small shipyards across the country and will help to protect and create local jobs, strengthen America’s maritime industry, and bolster our economic security.”
Since 2008, MARAD’s Small Shipyard Grant Programme has awarded US$262.5M to nearly 300 shipyards in 32 states and territories throughout the US.
Many small shipyards are family-run businesses. They are all enterprises in which small investments can make big differences.
MARAD said its grant programme supports economic competitiveness through grants that can be used to purchase equipment, often US-built manufacturing equipment, to support maritime transport.
The largest grant is US$1,378,575 for Stevens Towing Co for the purchase of an 820-tonne travel-lift allowing the shipyard to expand work in its new zero-emissions North Yard on Yonges Island in South Carolina.
St Johns Ship Building in Palatka, Florida, will receive US$1,342,724 to support the construction of a 2,000-tonne drydock.
The other grant of more than US$1M was awarded to Bollinger Marine Fabricators of Amelia, Louisiana, which will receive US$1,122,216 to support the purchase of a blast and paint plate preservation line machine.
Four more grants were of more than US$750,000 and 14 others more than US$500,000.
States with the most shipyard grants are Louisiana and Washington.
Master Boat Builders of Coden will receive US$497,464 to support the purchase of two 30-tonne mobile cranes and two extendable boom forklifts.
Steiner Shipbuilding of Bayou La Batre will gain US$419,507 to support the purchase of a forklift, 300-tonne press brake, manlift, and other equipment that will improve the efficiency of ship construction and repair activities at the facility.
JAG Alaska’s Seward shipyard will receive US$639,712 for a 100-tonne grove hydraulic crane.
Bay City Marine of National City will receive US$738,990 to support the purchase of a mobile crane.
Bay Ship & Yacht Co of Alameda will get US$759,419 to support the purchase of a mobile crane, welding equipment, and electric boom lifts.
Marine Group Boat Works in Chula Vista was awarded US$524,058 to purchase air compressors and launch an inhouse welder training programme.
Thames Shipyard & Repair Inc of New London will receive US$438,690 to support the purchase of surface preparation equipment and air compressors.
Eastern Shipbuilding Group of Panama City will receive US$522,318 to support the purchase of several pieces of equipment to improve efficiency of ship construction and repair activities.
St Johns Boat Co of Jacksonville will gain US$221,175 to support the acquisition and installation of a hybrid blast and paint building manlift.
St Johns Ship Building of Palatka will receive US$1,342,724 to support the construction of a 2,000-tonne drydock.
Bollinger Marine Fabricators of Amelia will receive US$1,122,216 to support the purchase of a blast and paint plate preservation line machine.
C&C Marine and Repair of Belle Chasse was awarded US$748,959 in funding to support the purchase of welding enhancements and additional forklifts.
Conrad Shipyard in Amelia will get US$432,376 to support the purchase of two portable shelters for a fabrication/pipe work area and a blast/paint work area.
Gulf Island Shipyards of Houma will gain US$312,802 in funding to add automated pipe spool welding to its pipe spooling/fabrication shop.
Blue Atlantic Fabricators Inc in Boston will receive US$692,826 for an abrasive blast machine and conveyor, electrical upgrades, paint booth, and two gantry cranes.
Boston Ship Repair in South Boston will get US$598,200 to support the upgrade of power distribution equipment.
Omega Shipyard of Moss Point will gain US$126,105 to support the purchase of a telescoping forklift and blasting pot.
Hughes Bros Inc of Edison will receive US$264,510 to support the purchase of two welding machines and power sources, a vertical mast forklift, four pipe rollers and several other equipment pieces.
Metalcraft Marine US Inc of Watertown was awarded US$554,237 to support the purchase of a computer numerical-controlled cutting table, three rotating jig positions, and a blasting booth.
Heartland Fabrication of Brownsville will receive US$982,954 to support the purchase of a robotic welding system.
Philly Shipyard of Philadelphia will gain US$720,000 to support the resumption of a three-year apprentice training programme to strengthen its workforce and increase the efficiency of shipbuilding operations.
Stevens Towing Co of Yonges Island will receive US$1,378,575 to support the purchase of a travel-lift allowing the shipyard to expand work in their new zero-emissions North Yard.
MBLH Marine of Port Arthur will gain US$588,812 to support the purchase of a 110-tonne crawler crane.
Lyon Shipyard of Norfolk will receive US$958,695 to support the purchase of a 15-tonne bridge crane, 12 electrical substations, two waterproof switchboards, and other electrical upgrades and equipment.
Marine Hydraulics International in Norfolk was awarded US$897,853 to support the purchase of a 100-tonne telescopic boom hydraulic truck-mounted crane and a waterjet cutting table.
Tecnico Corp of Chesapeake will receive US$573,940 to support the purchase of a telescopic boom hydraulic truck crane and other equipment.
Brix Marine in Port Angeles will receive US$342,318 in funding to purchase a CNC router table and support equipment.
Everett Ship Repair of Everett will get US$731,385 to support the purchase of a new drydocks containment system, water blasting equipment and air compressors.
Lake Union Drydock Co will gain US$684,127 to support the construction of a new drydock basin passageway and the acquisition of an additional air compressor, air dryer and large-capacity forklift.
Pacific Fishermen Shipyard and Electric in Seattle was awarded US$556,308 to support rail enhancement, lift dock conversions, and paint area improvements.
Stabbert Marine & Industrial of Seattle will receive US$228,745 to support the purchase of a heavy-duty forklift, articulated boom lift, welding equipment and other equipment.