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ARM MERCHANT SHIPS?
Should merchant ships transiting high risk areas carry small arms for defense against pirates?

Selected crew should be trained and have guns available
Professional armed security teams should be hired
No guns on merchant ships, ever

July 9, 2009

MARAD announces $17.1 million in grants to small yards

The U.S.Maritime Administration today announced $17.1 million in grants to 14 small shipyards in 10 states. The grants are part of the Assistance to Small Shipyards program.

The Department of Transportation is also using the Small Shipyard Grants program to administer grants to be made under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Those grants will be for a much larger total, $98 million, and are expected to be announced shortly.

The purpose of the grants is to make capital and infrastructure improvements that facilitate the efficiency, competitive operations, and quality in ship construction and repair. Small shipyards fall into two categories: those with fewer than 600 employees, and those with between 600 and 1200 employees. All but two of today's recipients have fewer than 600 employees.

Recipients, amounts, and purposes of grants are as follows:

Pacific Ship Repair & Fabrication, Inc., San Diego, California: $319,365 for waterjet cutting machine, press brake, shear

North Florida Shipyards, Inc., Jacksonville, Florida: $3,312, 369 for waterblast equipment and a 600-ton travelift

Bollinger Shipyards Lockport LLC, Lockport, Louisiana: $1,146,596 for a press, plasma cutting table, 6" mill

Total Marine Services of Jefferson, Inc., of Harvey, Louisiana: $640,264 for 100 ton crawler crane and welding equipment

Duclos Corporation dba Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding of Somerset, Massachusetts: $629, 675 for lifts, skylights, lighting upgrades, overhead cranes, and two 22-ton cranes

Basic Marine, Inc., of Escanaba, Michigan: $1,376,187 for a cutting table, press brake, and welders

VT Halter Marine Inc (Pascagoula), Pascagoula, Mississippi: $1,565,587 for a 450-ton transporter and portable retractable platen cover

VT Halter Marine Inc, Moss Point Marine, Moss Point, Mississippi: $868,011 for a CNC burning table

VT Halter Marine Inc, Halter Moss Point, Mississippi: for $436,406 for press brake and CNC burning table

Zidell Corporation, Portland, Oregon: $454,042 for plasma cutting machine, welding equipment, vacuum plate lifter

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: $1,951,022 for thermal machining center

William E. Munson Co., Inc, Edmonds, Washington: $150,585 for welders, shear, press

Bay Shipbuilding Co. (a Division of Fincantieri Marine Group LLC) of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin: $2,894,972 for 220-ton transporter, micro panel line, burning machine, magnetic lift beam, brake press

Marinette Marine Company (also a Division of Fincantieri Marine Group LLC) of Marinette, Wisconsin: $1,404,919 for bridge cranes, deck straightener, cable system, panel line jib cranes


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