$292.7 Million Funding Opportunity for Port Development

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to apply for $292.7 million in discretionary grant funding through the new Port Infrastructure Development Program.

This new program aims to support public coastal ports by improving the safety, efficiency, or reliability of goods movement into, out of, or within a port. Investments in port transportation infrastructure will be awarded on a competitive basis for projects located either within the boundary of a coastal seaport, or outside the boundary of a coastal seaport, and directly relate to port operations or to an intermodal connection to a port.

The Department will evaluate projects using criteria which include leveraging federal funds, project costs and benefits, project outcomes, project readiness, and domestic preference. The Department will also consider geographic diversity when selecting grant recipients.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019 made available $292.7 million for the Port Infrastructure Development Program, including $92.7 million for the 15 coastal seaports that handled the greatest number of loaded foreign and domestic twenty-foot equivalent units of containerized cargo in 2016, as identified by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The minimum award size is $10 million, with a federal cost share not to exceed 80 percent.

Additionally, the Department anticipates awarding funding to at least one project that advances each of the following project outcomes:

  • Advance technology supported safety, design efficiency improvements
  • Improve state of good repair and resiliency
  • Promote efficient energy trade
  • Promote manufacturing, agriculture, or other forms of exports
  • For only the top 15 coastal ports, a project that supports the safe flow of agricultural and food products, free of pests and disease, domestically and internationally

DOT will host a series of webinars during the grant application process. Details will be made available here. The deadline to submit an application for the Port Infrastructure Development Program is 8 p.m. EDT September 22, 2019. For more information, click here.

$19 Million in Grants for U.S. Small Shipyards

On 17 June 2019, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced $19.6 million in grants to support capital improvements at 28 U.S. small shipyards as a part of its Small Shipyard Grant program. Provided through MARAD's Small Shipyards Grant program, the funding supports employee training and related improvements that foster increased efficiency and economic growth.

“These grants help create jobs in America’s small shipyards, which play a significant role in our country’s maritime sector,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

In 2013, U.S. shipbuilders produces $37.3 billion in gross domestic product. Typically, family-owned and employing less than 1,200 workers, small shipyards play a critical role in contributing to our nation's economy. Supporting more than 400,000 jobs, they create employment opportunities for working families and small communities.

“Small shipyards are an irreplaceable aspect of America’s shipbuilding industry,” said Maritime Administrator Mark. H. Buzby. “They are a key component to national security and our economic viability as a whole; providing good jobs for hardworking Americans.”

Since 2008, MARAD's Small Shipyard Grant Program has awarded over $226 million for a total of 216 grants. These grants help fund upgrades and expansions that often lead to more competitive operations, quality ship construction and improved employee skill.

Having produced some of the most innovative vessels in the world, U.S. small shipyards have become economic backbones throughout the country. Small shipyard grants are a proven, wise investment; leveraging the skills and expertise of our shipyard community, which in turn empowers our entire maritime industry.

A complete list of grant recipients is below:

All American Marine, located in Bellingham, WA, will be awarded $397,725. These funds will go towards painting area improvements that will allow them to accommodate the building of larger and multiple vessels while also meeting environmental requirements.

Biblia, Inc., located in Savannah, GA, will received $1,319,414 in funding. This grant will support the construction of a 500-ton floating drydock which will, in turn, directly support DOT’s Safety Objective.

Detyens Shipyards, Inc., of Charleston, SC, will be awarded $781,315. This grant will support the electrical upgrades for mobile equipment, a 130-ton rough terrain crane and additional forklifts. These additions will enhance the quality of ship repair and reconfiguration offered to the yard’s customers.

East Coast Repair & Fabrication, LLC, located in Norfolk, VA, will receive $860,000 in funding. These funds will go towards the purchase of a new Link-Belt HTT-86110 110-ton Telescopic Boom Hydraulic Truck Crane which will enable the yard to directly pursue wok on government-owned, government-operated ships.

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. (Nelson Street), located in Panama City, FL, will receive $640,618 in funding. The grant award will go towards several pieces of equipment that will increase overall shipyard productivity.

Heartland Fabrication, LLC, located in Brownsville, PA, will be awarded $1,008,000 in funding. This grant will allow the shipyard to acquire and install an automated coating application system and conveyor line to support the Heartland Fabrication Structural Steel Coatings Improvement Project. This project will foster efficiency, competitive operations and high-quality ship construction and repair.

Hughes Bros., Inc., located in Edison, NJ, will receive $363,957 in funding. The award will go towards the partial funding of equipment in support of an abrasive blasting operation. This equipment will increase project efficiency, enhance production rates and enable cost-competitiveness with local shipyards.

J. Goodison Company, Inc., located in Kingstown, RI, will receive $518,538. This funding will support the upgrade of equipment used in accessing elevated workstations and mobile equipment. This will reduce the shipyard’s reliance on rental equipment and increase its efficiency.

JAG Alaska, Inc. Seward Shipyard, located in Seward, AK, will be awarded $976,298. The funds will go towards the improvement of the shipyard’s Water Wash-Down/Recovery System and upgrades for its Vessel Transport System. These upgrades will allow the facility to increase the utilization of its existing berthing areas and improve its overall efficiency.

LaShip, located in Houma, LA, will receive an award of $402,900. This grant will support the acquisition and integration of an advanced technology piece of equipment that will allow the organization to efficiently manufacture metal and metal alloy parts.

Marinette Marine Corporation, located in Marinette, WI, will receive an award of $1,100,000. These funds will support the Marinette Marine Additional Cranes Project by allowing for the acquisition and installation of three 100-ton bridge cranes. The installation of these cranes will increase the facility’s construction capacity and productivity.

MBLH Marine LLC dba Vessel Repair, located in Port Arthur, TX, will receive $1,360,531 in funding. These funds will go towards the acquisition and construction of a new dry dock. The new dry dock will allow the facility to promote more efficient and competitive shipyard services.

Mike’s Inc., is located in South Roxana, IL and will receive $709,405. The grant will assist in the acquisition of a 110-ton lattice boom crawler crane. The purchase of this crane will decrease the shipyard’s need to hire a third-party crane service, therefore increasing its production capability and efficiency.

Moose Boats, located in Vallejo, CA, will receive $555,429 in funding. This award will go towards the purchase of a Travelift Transporter and a computer numerical control (CNC) router table. This equipment would greatly improve the shipyard’s efficiency.

Moran Iron Works, Inc., is located in Onaway, MI and will receive $564,300 in funding. The grant will support the purchase of a PythonX CNC Fabricating System that will replace three outdated and inefficient machines. The acquisition of this fabricating system is expected to increase the facility’s efficiency, accuracy, quality and profitability.

Norseman Shipbuilding and Boatyard, LLC., located in Miami, FL will receive $255,131 in funding. The funds will enable the shipyard to improve its operational efficiency and address long-deferred repairs through the acquisition of three major pieces of equipment.

Northern Enterprises Boat Yard, Inc., is located in Homer, AK and will receive $604,053 in grants. This grant funding will support a new 150-metric ton Travelift, enabling the shipyard to increase its project efficiency, enhance production rates and become more cost-competitive. Paducah Barge, LLC of Paducah, KY, will receive $700,570 in funding. The award will support the acquisition and construction of a new dry dock. This new dry dock will enable the yard to start hauling barges for vessel repairs, providing additional scheduling flexibility and reliability and increasing the entire facility’s efficiency.

Port Bolivar Marine Service, Inc. located in Port Bolivar, TX will receive $390,451 in funding. The award will go towards the purchase of several pieces of equipment that will significantly improve the efficiency of ship construction and repair activities at their facility. Port of Toledo of Toledo, OR will receive $261,285 in grants. This funding will be used to provide welding career training in a credited college program.

Rhoads Industries, Inc. is located in Philadelphia, PA and will receive $999,250 in awards. This funding will go the purchase of a new mobile crane which will significantly improve the efficiency of ship repair activities and the competitiveness of their facility.

Rockland Marine Corporation, located in Rockland, ME will receive $351,956 in funding. The award will allow the yard to purchase new equipment that will further increase production and efficiency to enhance the new marine railway years ahead of schedule.

Shark Tech, LLC of Bayou la Batre, AL will receive $511,671 in funding. The grant funding will go towards the purchase of welding enhancements and material handling equipment. This equipment will contribute to the significant improvement of the efficiency of ship repair and new construction activities at the facility.

St. John’s Ship Building Inc., located in Palatka, FL will receive $800,000 in funding. This grant will go to the purchase of new metal working equipment, yard process improvements and material handling upgrades. These projects will significantly improve the efficiency of ship construction and repair activities at the shipyard.

Thoma-Sea Marine Constructors, LLC is located in Lockport, LA and will receive $738,645 in funding. The award will be used to purchase three overhead cranes which will serve as the primary lifting capacity at the facility, increasing project process efficiency and dropping construction costs.

TPG Chicago Dry Dock LLC is located in Chicago, IL and will receive $1,200,000 funding. The grant will go towards the purchase of a dry dock and the support of a welder training program. These two additions will increase the efficiency of shipyard operations as well as improve the competitive shipyard services for the facility’s customers.

VT Halter Marine located in Pascagoula, MS will receive $536,000 in funding. This grant will support the purchase of several pieces of equipment that will improve the efficiency of ship construction and repair activities at the facility.

Yank Marine Services, LLC located in Dorchester, NJ will receive $692,558 in funding. This funding will support the Yank Marine Services Facility Modernization Project, a long-term plan to revitalize the facility. The current phase will include the acquisition and installation of temporary shelters that will allow for greater control over atmospheric conditions in vessel work spaces.

Source: MARAD

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