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Murray Announces Job-Creating Grants for Small Shipyards in Bellingham and Seattle

Apr 15 2010

Funding will create jobs and help small shipyards make critical infrastructure improvements

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) announced that two Washington state small shipyards will receive a total of $1,976,362 to make critical infrastructure investments that will help them continue to grow and create jobs in the state. The grants came through the Maritime Administration’s (MARAD) Supplemental Grants for Assistance to Small Shipyards program. As the Chairman of the Transportation and Housing Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing funding for the Department of Transportation and MARAD, Murray fought to include support for small shipyards in this year’s budget.

“I’m thrilled that small shipyards in Seattle and Bellingham will get this crucial financial boost to help them create jobs and make vital capital improvements,” Senator Murray said.  “Small shipyards in Washington state are a critical piece of our domestic maritime industry and our economy.  Especially while families in Washington state continue to struggle, these grants are important to helping our domestic shipping industry stay strong and competitive.”

The following Washington state shipyards received grants today:

  • Pacific Fishermen Shipyard and Electric LLC (Seattle, WA)- $643,095 for worker training program, sand blast paint and booths, sand blast grit recovery systems, man lifts and 15-ton crane

  • Puglia Engineering, Inc. (Bellingham, WA)- $1,333,267 for floating drydock enhancements, 80-ton rough terrain crane and coating equipment