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The Shipyard Edition
SHIPYARDS cation in the deepwater Port of Charleston offers deep draft steady business curve despite ? uctuations in any one market.
repair berths, graving and ? oating dry docks along with all “Despite the crash of the oil and gas marine industry in 2016- the services one would ? nd at any modern ship repair facility. 2017, Hurricane Michael in 2018, and now the COVID-19
The Detyens Shipyards facility offers three graving docks and pandemic, Eastern has been able to maintain its strong market with a capacity of up to Panamax. In addition to the docks, the position due to our diversi? ed build history and customer rela- facility also offers modern, enclosed shops for all crafts; eight tionships,” said Stephen J. Berthold, Vice President of Sales & 56-ton gantry cranes (on a continuous rail system); four tower Marketing. “Throughout 2019-2020 Eastern has maintained a cranes; rail access and over 8,000 ft of deepwater pier space respectable backlog and has recently signed a large U.S. Flag and a ? oating dry dock for smaller vessels. Family owned dredge project with Weeks Marine.” In total ESG delivered and operated since its inception, the company has continually seven vessels over the past 12 months, with several projects emphasized customer service, family values and safety in the in the works including an Artic Trawler, passenger ferries for workplace. Staten Island Ferries, a 356 x 79.5-ft. hopper dredge and two 360-ft. USCG Medium Endurance Cutters (OPC).
Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. While investment in new equipment and facilities is the ten-
Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. has three waterfront facili- ant of any shipyard, investment has taken on a whole new ties engaged in new construction and repair of all types of steel scale at ESG as it rebuilt two facilities, Nelson Street and Al- and aluminum vessels built for commercial and government lanton after Hurricane Michael in 2018. “This was a major clients. The product mix at ESG is purposefully broad – in- undertaking with our workforce, sub-contractors, vendors, cluding harbor/escort/ship assist tugs, offshore tugs, dredges, and insurance underwriters,” said Berthold. “During that offshore/platform supply vessels, ATB’s, multi-purpose con- same time Eastern started construction of a third facility, East- struction vessels, research vessels, ? re? ghting vessels, barges, ern’s Port St. Joe Shipyard, located in Gulf County, 35 miles ferries, passenger vessels, ? shing vessels, offshore patrol ves- SE of Panama City, Florida. By the end of 2020, this 20-acre sels (OPC) and inland towboats – allowing it to maintain a shipyard will be Eastern’s ? nal out? tting, startup, and trials www.marinelink.com 31
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