McDermott Plans To Expand Gulfport Division Shipyard

McDermott Incorporated announced that its Shipyard Group has purchased 70 additional acres in the Bayou Bernard Industrial District north of Gulfport, Miss., to expand the shipbuilding and repair facilities of its Gulfport Division.

Located on the Industrial Seaway approximately a mile east of the yard McDermott opened in June this year, the new yard will be a complete shipbuilding and repair facility, modeled after McDermott's other shipyards.

The new shipyard will be capable of building seagoing tugboats, barges, integrated tug-barge combinations, fishing vessels, supply boats, jackup, and self-contained drilling rigs. It will also have facilities for making extensive repairs on these vessels.

"Yard development will begin immediately," said V.J. LeBlanc, vice president and group executive of the Shipyard Group. "By the time the new yard is completed in about three years, the total number of McDermott employees in the Gulfport area could reach 600. Today, we employ more than 100 workers at our Gulfport Division." The Harrison County Development Commission has assisted McDermott in finding suitable land for the new yard in the Bayou Bernard Industrial Park, and has aided in its successful acquisition, according to the McDermott official.

In addition to the Gulfport Division, the McDermott Shipyard Group has yards in Morgan City and New Iberia, La. McDermott is a leading international energy services company. The company and its subsidiaries provide engineering and construction services to the offshore oil and gas industry and manufacture steam generating equipment, tubular products, insulating products, and automated machine tools.

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