The Maritime Administration (Marad) has announced $20.8 million in grant awards to 27 small shipyards in 20 states through the Small Shipyard Grant Program. The funds will help shipyards modernize, increase productivity, and expand local job opportunities while competing in the global marketplace.  

“Small shipyards strengthen America’s commercial fleet, bolster our economic security, and generate good jobs,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in a prepared statement announcing the successful applicants. “We are proud to support these shipyards reinforce their vital role in the U.S. maritime sector.” 

Since 2008, Marad’s Small Shipyard Grant Program has awarded $303 million to nearly 350 shipyards in 32 states and territories throughout the U.S.  

Additional information is available by contacting David M. Heller, associate administrator for business and finance development, Maritime Administration, Room W21-318, 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE, Washington, DC 20590; or at [email protected] 

Below is a complete list of shipyard grant recipients in Fiscal Year 2023:  

ALABAMA 

Alabama Shipyard LLC., Mobile, Ala., will receive $718,442 to support the purchase of air compressor systems and fire suppression pumps.  

ALASKA 

Highmark Marine Fabrication LLC, Kodiak, Alaska, will receive $969,191 to support the purchase of a 120-ton rough terrain crane. 

CALIFORNIA 

Bay Ship & Yacht Co., Alameda, Calif., will receive $830,380 to support the purchase of a 165-ton Grove GRT 9165 crane with a 205' boom. 

Driscoll Inc. dba Driscoll Boat Works LLC, San Diego, will receive $1 million to purchase a 150-ton marine travelift.  

Marine Group Boat Works LLC, Chula Vista, Calif., will receive $1.14 million to support the purchase of an 820-ton variable width marine travelift. 

CONNECTICUT 

Mystic Seaport Museum Inc. of Mystic, Conn., will receive $214,452 to support the purchase of a wood-mizer wide slab industrial sawmill, and two HYBRID articulating boom lifts.  

The Thames Shipyard & Repair Co. Inc., New London, Conn., will receive $309,853 to purchase water-jet surface preparation equipment. 

FLORIDA 

Fincantieri Marine Repair LLC., Jacksonville, Fla., will receive $874,079 to support the purchase of a water blast and wastewater collection and treatment system.  

Norseman Shipbuilding and Boatyard LLC, Miami, will receive $939,274 to purchase a 150-ton marine travelift. 

ILLINOIS 

Mike’s Inc., South Roxana, Ill., on the upper Mississippi River, will receive $653,422 to support the purchase of a 30-ton rough terrain crane, telehandler, rack welder, and tig stick arc reach.  

INDIANA 

ACBL Transportation Services Inc., Jeffersonville, Ind., will receive $1 million to support the purchase of a 200x70 floating drydock for vessel repair, barge fleeting and cleaning operations.  

IOWA 

Sunflower Enterprises Inc., Dubuque, Iowa, will receive $599,840 to support the purchase of a 100-ton marine travelift. 

LOUISIANA 

Verret Shipyard Inc., Plaquemine, La., will receive $1 million to purchase a 120x64 floating drydock. 

MAINE 

The Portland Co., Portland, Maine, will receive $739,302 to support the purchase of a 60-ton vessel trailer, tractor/loader and support for an indoor ventilation project.   

MISSISSIPPI 

United States Marine Inc., Gulfport, Miss., will receive $238,741 to support the purchase of two Eastman CNC tables.  

NEW JERSEY 

Bayonne Drydock & Repair Corp., Bayonne, N.J., will receive $730,477 to purchase ultra high pressure hydro blasting equipment and telehandlers.  

NEW YORK 

Hughes Bros., Brooklyn, N.Y., will receive $1 million in funding to purchase a 160x86 floating drydock. 

NORTH CAROLINA 

North Carolina Department of Transportation Ferry Division, Havelock, N.C., will receive $86,649 to train and certify employees in three required disciplines to enhance productivity in vessel repairs. 

OHIO 

Superior Marine Ways Inc., of South Point, Ohio, located on the Ohio River, will receive $838,221 to support the purchase of a CNC brake and plasma table. 

PENNSYLVANIA 

Heartland Fabrication LLC., Brownsville, Pa., will receive $660,783 to support the purchase and installation of new overhead 25-ton electric bridge cranes and rigging.  

RHODE ISLAND  

J Goodison Co., North Kingstown, R.I., will receive $704,206 to purchase a 176-ton hydraulic self-propelled vessel transporter.  

Senesco Marine LLC., North Kingstown, R.I., will receive $738,289 to support the purchase and installation of a one-sided sub arc welding system that consists of three integrated digital systems to load, fit, and weld multi-plate panels; upgraded network servers and software; an all-terrain lift with variable reach; and a Tier 4 compressor. 

SOUTH CAROLINA  

Main Industries Inc., North Charleston, S.C., will receive $527,173 to support the purchase of two (2) HydraBlast pumps and associated equipment.  

TEXAS 

Southwest Shipyard LP., Channelview, Texas, will receive $1.2 million for blasting and painting equipment upgrades.  

Sterling Shipyard LLC, Port Neches, Texas, will receive $1 million in funding to purchase a 120x80 floating drydock to further expand their orderbook capacities.  

WASHINGTON  

All American Marine Inc., Bellingham, Wash., will receive $916,166 to purchase CNC dual head router and CNC press brake systems.  

Everett Ship Repair LLC., Everett, Wash., will receive $1.16 million to support the acquisition of a 140-ton telescopic crawler crane.  

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