MarAd awards shipyard grants
The U.S. Maritime Administration (MarAd) said it is awarding $9.46 million to 12 shipyards through its Small Shipyard Grant Program.
Acting Maritime Administrator Paul "Chip" Jaenichen announced the grants at Jeffboat in Jeffersonville, Indiana, which received $845,817. 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.
The grant will allow Jeffboat to adjust the width and
orientation of one of its vessel lines, helping the facility to enhance
MarAd received about 10 times as many requests for money as it could provide--113 grant applications requesting $96 million in assistance.
The following 12 shipyards will receive grants:
- All American Marine, Bellingham, Wash. – $999,100 for overhead cranes, welding machines, a CNC router, scissors lifts, painting area upgrades, and ventilation upgrades.
- Blount Boats, Warren, R.I. – $680,272 for metal working equipment, engineering software, a 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, a compressed air system, and a mobile crane.
- Conrad Orange Shipyard, Orange, Texas – $686,539 for shipyard electrical upgrades.
- Dorchester Shipyard, Inc., Dorchester, N.J. – $945,800 for a new floating dry dock.
- International Ship and Repair & Marine Services, Tampa, Fla. – $980,260 for a 275-ton crawler crane.
- Jeffboat, LLC, Jeffersonville, Ind. – $845,817 for the redesign and modernization of the existing vessel line three.
- Lyon Shipyard, Norfolk, Va. – $779,168 for a computer numerically controlled (CNC) lathe.
- North Florida Shipyard, Jacksonville, Fla. – $459,160 for waste water treatment and a recycling system.
- Seacraft Shipyard, LLC, Amelia, La. – $1,100,000 for a marine travelift.
- Thames Shipyard and Repair Co., New London, Conn. – $422,264 for a flow UHP (ultra-high pressure) system. - Chris Dupin
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