The U.S. Maritime Administration has awarded $4.9 million in grants to support capital improvements at nine small shipyards located throughout the United States.
Made under the Small Shipyard Grant Program the grants will fund a variety of projects including infrastructure improvements and equipment upgrades to increase operational competitiveness and quality vessel construction.
“U.S. shipyards produce what are unquestionably some of the best built vessels in the world,” said Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen. “The grants awarded today will help ensure that ‘Built in America’ remains an international shipbuilding standard.”
In order to qualify for the grants, the shipyards had to meet a number of eligibility requirements. Eligible shipyards must be in a single geographical location, located in or near a maritime community, and may not have more than 1200 production employees. The shipyard facility must repair, construct, repair or reconfigure vessels 40 feet in length or greater for commercial or government use; or reconfigure vessels 100 feet in length or greater for non-commercial vessels.
The requirements for project eligibility include capital improvement projects that foster efficiency, competitive operation and quality construction, repair and reconfiguration. Also considered are training projects that foster employee skills and enhancing productivity in communities whose economies are related to or dependent upon the maritime industry.
Of the 118 grant application received, these nine yards received awards:
- Gravios Aluminum Boats, LLC of Jeanerette, LA for a big top portable shelter and transporter
- Chesapeake Shipbuilding of Salisbury, MD for a mobile rough terrain crane and infrastructure improvements
- Eastern Shipbuilding Group of Panama City, FL for a precision cutting system
- Marine Group Boat Works of Chula Vista, CA for a gantry crane and metal working equipment
- Diversified Marine of Portland, OR for boom lifts, scissor lifts and welding equipment
- Conrad Orange Shipyard of Orange, TX for LNG tank building equipment and pipe welding equipment
- Yank Marine of Dorchester, NJ for a 70-ton rough terrain crane
- Yager Marine of Owensboro, KY for a 1,200-ton dry dock
- American Shipyard Company, LLC of Newport, RI for a 200-ton travelift
As a US-based manufacture of industry-best commercial solutions, Northern Lights congratulates all of the grant recipients.