Signet invests $7.2 million at its Mississippi shipyard

Signet Maritime Corporation is investing $7.2 million in infrastructure improvements to their Pascagoula, Miss. shipyard, Signet Shipbuilding & Repair (SS&R). In addition to the recent acquisition of the 150-ton crawler crane, the shipyard facility modernization includes the dredging and renewal of a 1000′ waterfront bulkhead, a new fabrication shop, expanded drydock and concrete base for vessel repairs, and improved sand blasting and painting area. SS&R specializes in the new construction, repair, maintenance and refurbishment of tugs, workboats and barges.

With a new tractor tug under construction and numerous repair projects, SS&R has experienced steady growth in their Pascagoula operations. The company has added more than thirty specialty craft positions, and as part of the infrastructure improvement plan, promoted Joseph W. Dahl to vice president and general manager of SS&R.

“Joe has worked with Signet in various capacities for nearly two decades,” said Signet Maritime Corporation President J. Barry Snyder. “Through his hard work, dedication, and commitment to quality maintenance and construction, it was only natural that he be promoted to vice president of our growing Shipyard. Mr. Dahl has been integral to the expansion, overall growth and implementation of Tier 3 propulsion and power generation technology to our marine assets.”

With a marine engineering degree from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Dahl has over thirty years’ experience in the industry sailing as a chief engineer and working with marine vessels in maintenance, repair and new construction. His experience includes seagoing ships, ocean-going ASD tractor tugs, harbor tugs, inland boats and barges working both as an owner’s and shipyard representative. During his tenure with Signet Maritime, Dahl’s expertise has been key in upgrading the engineering and overseeing the construction of 12 vessels, including Signet’s newest fleet of EPA Tier 3 Generation Tugs.

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