JANUARY 14, 2014 — Port of Tampa shipbuilder and repairer Hendry Corporation has just completed building a new 2,500 ton lift capacity floating dry dock. Named the Capt. F.M. Hendry, the dry dock measures 250 ft long by 72 ft wide.
"With the addition of this new dry dock we will be able to significantly increase our capabilities and position ourselves strategically for the future," said Joe Cimino, Vice President of Hendry Corporation. "The dock will allow us to build and repair larger vessels than we could previously handle."
"This new dry dock has put money in the local economy for months because all the work has been done here," said Mr. Cimino. "We knew we had the skill sets to build it onsite from the ground up, creating more than 60 jobs."
The $3.2 million dry dock was built with the help of MARAD's Assistance to Small Shipyard Grant Program.
"We were able to secure this grant into our local market through the help of Tampa's leadership," said Aaron Hendry, President of Hendry Corporation. "Tampa's political leadership, including Mayor Buckhorn, Senator Bill Nelson and Representatives Gus Bilirakis and Cathy Castor, were instrumental in backing this project."