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Graves announces four Louisiana shipyards receive grants to improve equipment and boost production

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Garret Graves (South Louisiana) announced four investments in Louisiana shipyard jobs through U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) grants. The federal funding, made available through the MARAD Small Shipyard Grant Program, aims to support improvements and modernizations so that our shipyard workers can enhance their capabilities and performance in the global marketplace.

“Louisiana has some of the best boat builders in the world, but we have seen China and other countries build shipyards, fabrication facilities and subsidize metal costs to undercut our American workers. We can’t let this happen. These shipyards build for our military, energy industry, navigation and others. Their role in Louisiana’s economy and workforce is big, but our boat builders’ role in our national and energy security is even greater. We must maintain the edge and these grants help,” Graves said.

Projects and Details:

  • Bollinger Marine Fabricators
    • Bollinger Marine Fabricators of Amelia, LA, part of a family-owned and operated business since 1946, will receive $1,122,216 to support the purchase of a Blast and Paint Plate Preservation Line Machine.
  • C&C Marine and Repair, LLC
    • C&C Marine and Repair, LLC of Belle Chasse, LA, will receive $748,959 in funding to support the purchase of welding enhancements and additional forklifts.
  • Conrad Shipyard, LLC
    • Conrad Shipyard LLC located in Amelia, LA, will receive $432,376 to support the purchase of two portable shelters for a Fabrication/Pipe work area and a Blast/Paint work area.
  • Gulf Island Shipyards, LLC
    • Gulf Island Shipyards, LLC of Houma, LA, will receive $312,802 in funding to add automated pipe spool welding to its pipe spooling/fabrication shop.

Click here for more information on the grants.