$1.1M grant to Seacraft announced

AMELIA, La. -- Seacraft Shipyard in Amelia is to receive a $1.1 million federal grant to assist it in buying a 400-ton Marine Travelift.

Rep. Charles W. Boustany Jr., M.D., R-Lafayette, announced on Monday that the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the money to Seacraft to allow the local shipyard to operate more efficiently.

“Seacraft Shipyard now has funding for a new 400-ton Marine Travelift, allowing for the shipyard in Amelia to accommodate and service larger vessels in its waters,” Boustany stated in the news release. “This grant results from the department’s Assistance to Small Shipyards Program awarding funding to shipyards providing essential services to commercial and government ships.”

Boustany stated, “The maritime industry continues to play an important role in South Louisiana. Enhancing infrastructure in Amelia’s shipyard, and ones like it, ensure our communities and small businesses maximize efficiency and remain competitive.”

The company’s website indicates it is a 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year full-service shipyard with over 35 years of experience in repairing, re-powering, refurbishing and converting all types of aluminum and steel vessels.

Frank Fink, St. Mary Parish economic development director, said this is the second grant of this type received in St. Mary Parish. Two years ago, Gulf Craft, situated in western St. Mary, received a grant through the same program which paid about half of the cost of a $3.5 million Travelift, a crane that moves ships to water.

“These small shipyard grants come in the form of capital investment to enhance their capabilities. It was a positive thing for Gulf Craft and I would imagine it would be positive for Seacraft as well,” Fink said.

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