SALISBURY — U.S. Transportation officials this week announced $9.98 million in grants to 15 small shipyards throughout the U.S. including over $400,000 for the shipyard at Salisbury to pay for modernizations that will increase productivity and help the country’s small shipyards compete in the global marketplace.
“In cities and towns across America, shipyards are creating jobs and keeping our nation’s economy growing,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “These small shipyard grants reflect the Obama administration’s commitment to strengthening our transportation systems and creating an economy that’s built to last.”
The U.S Maritime Administration’s (MARAD) Small Shipyard Grants Program provides equipment and technical skills training for America’s maritime workforce, helping these businesses compete in the global marketplace while creating well-paying jobs at home. Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corporation in Salisbury will use a $423,752 grant to purchase air compressors, personnel lifts, and a mobile grit recovery system to remove blasting grit from buildings and outfitting areas.