St. Johns to build six deck barges for Jones Act lessor

(PALATKA, Fla.) — St. Johns Ship Building has signed a contract with Seapath for construction of six ABS deck barges in support of the company’s Jones Act leasing business. The barges will be built at St Johns Ship Building’s facility in Palatka, Fla., and will be dispatched to multiple charterers along the East Coast.

“Domestic maritime transportation is the backbone of the U.S. transportation system. By launching our new Jones Act leasing business, Seapath is proud to support vital maritime transportation needs,” said Joshua Lubarsky, CEO of Seapath.

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“Building these ABS deck barges for Seapath’s Jones Act leasing business is a testament to St. Johns Ship Building’s capabilities and versatility,” said Joe Rella, president of St. Johns Ship Building. “We are proud to support Seapath with the highest quality Jones Act-compliant vessels to support their customers’ needs.”

Seapath is a Libra Group maritime subsidiary dedicated to advancing critical maritime infrastructure. For more information, visit

St. Johns Ship Building specializes in the new construction and repair of a wide variety of steel and aluminum vessels, including crew vessels, ferries, tugs, deck and tank barges, landing craft and general cargo vessels. It is also one of the few U.S. shipyards that are currently building vessels that support and service offshore wind farms.

– St. Johns Ship Building

By Professional Mariner Staff