Menendez, Booker Announce Over $1M to Upgrade NJ Shipyards

Menendez, Booker Announce Over $1M to Upgrade NJ Shipyards


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today announced a total of $1,056,515 in federal grants from the Department of Transportation (DOT) to upgrade two shipyards in New Jersey.

“New Jersey’s shipyards are vital to our nation’s maritime industry and economy,” said Sen. Menendez. “These grants will help the shipyards increase productivity and run efficiently. These investments help create jobs and ensure New Jersey’s competitive edge in the shipping industry and global economy.”

"New Jersey's shipyards are important parts of our nation’s maritime industry, driving significant economic investments and creating jobs," said Sen. Booker. "These grants will allow them to expand their operations and increase their impact on the economic vitality of the region"

The grants included:

  • $363,957 – Hughes Bros., Inc. (Edison, Middlesex County)
    • This grant will allow the shipyard to purchase a new forklift, compressor and vacuum unit.

“This grant will allow our Dorchester workers to repair customer vessels under cover during more bad weather days,” said Bette Jean Yank, Owner of Yank Marine Services LLC. “It will also improve safety and efficiency of our operations through an upgraded electrical distribution system. We thank our Congressional delegation for their strong support of this project.”