(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MarAd) awarded more than $7 million to nine members of the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) last week. Through the Small Shipyard Grant Program, MarAd annually provides federal grants to support capital improvements and employee training projects at small shipyards across the United States. SCA applauds U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Acting MarAd Administrator Lucinda Lessley for these awards.
“The American shipyard and maritime industry supports more than 650,000 jobs across the nation, contributing $24 billion in labor income and $36 billion worth of goods and services to the U.S. economy annually. Shipyards are a crucial part of our economy and MarAd’s Small Shipyard Grant Program accelerates growth in one of America’s most innovative legacy industries and infuses important capital into communities from coast to coast,” said Matthew Paxton, president of SCA.
The grants help eligible shipyards modernize operations, improve efficiency and reap the benefits of increased productivity by investing in emerging technologies and a highly skilled workforce.
The following SCA member yards were awarded a combined $7,036,815 through the Small Shipyard Grant Program:
Master Boat Builders Inc. of Coden, Ala.
Eastern Shipbuilding Group Inc. of Panama City, Fla.
Bollinger Marine Fabricators of Amelia, La.
Boston Ship Repair of Boston, Mass.
Philly Shipyard Inc. of Philadelphia, Pa.
Lyon Shipyard of Norfolk, Va.
Marine Hydraulics International LLC of Norfolk, Va.
Everett Ship Repair LLC of Everett, Wash.
Pacific Fisherman Shipyard and Electric LLC of Seattle, Wash.
Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) members constitute the shipyard industrial base that builds, repairs, maintains and modernizes U.S. Navy ships and craft, U.S. Coast Guard vessels of all sizes, as well as vessels for other U.S. government agencies. In addition, SCA members build, repair and service America’s fleet of commercial vessels. The council represents 40 companies that own and operate over 82 shipyards, with facilities on all three U.S. coasts, the Great Lakes, the inland waterways system, Alaska, and Hawaii. SCA also represents 105 partner members that provide goods and services to the shipyard industry. Learn more by visiting www.shipbuildersusa.org.
– Shipbuilders Council of America