The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration has awarded $9.46 million in grant funding to 12 shipyards in 10 U.S. states via the Small Shipyard Grant Program.
Paul “Chip” Jaenichen, acting maritime administrator, made the announcement at Jeffboat, one of the grant recipients, located in Jeffersonville, Ind. The following shipyards will also receive grants: All American Marine in Bellingham, Wash.; Blount Boats in Warren, R.I.; C&C Marine and Repair in Belle Chasse, La.; Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Md.; Conrad Orange Shipyard in Orange, Texas; Dorchester Shipyard in Dorchester, N.J.; International Ship and Repair & marine Services in Tampa, Fla.; Lyon Shipyard in Norfolk, Va.; Seacraft Shipyard in Amelia, La.; and Thames Shipyard and Repair in New London, Conn.
The grants fund a variety of projects, including infrastructure improvements and equipment upgrades, in order to increase operational competitiveness and quality vessel construction. For this latest round of awards, Marad received 113 grant applications requesting $96 million in assistance.
“Improvements at our shipyards mean more ships can be built right here in the United States, which means more jobs for hard-working Americans,” said Anthony Foxx, U.S. transportation secretary, in a written statement. “These grants are about creating new opportunities in our local communities, as well as competing in the global economy.”