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) this 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 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, provided through the Small Shipyard Grant Program, 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, AL
- Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. of Panama City, FL
- Bollinger Marine Fabricators of Ameilia, LA
- Boston Ship Repair of Boston, MA
- Philly Shipyard, Inc. of Philadelphia, PA
- Lyon Shipyard of Norfolk, VA
- Marine Hydraulics International, LLC of Norfolk, VA
- Everett Ship Repair, LLC of Everett, WA
- Pacific Fisherman Shipyard and Electric, LLC of Seattle, WA