Senator Menendez Applauds $945,800 Grant to South New Jersey Shipyard

Senator Menendez Applauds $945,800 Grant to South New Jersey Shipyard

Funding will go toward building new drydock; create area jobs

Washington - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today applauded the $945,800 grant awarded to the Dorchester Shipyard in Dorchester, New Jersey. The grant, provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration, will be used for the construction of a 650-ton floating drydock to allow the shipyard to operate more efficiently, enhance productivity, and increase competitiveness. Additionally, the drydock will allow the shipyard to increase the number and size of vessels it can accommodate for repairs.

"For over 80 years, the Dorchester Shipyard has been building and repairing ships in the South Jersey area. With the help of this funding, the new drydock will improve the shipyard's ability to boost our local economy," said Senator Menendez. "Improving this infrastructure will help create new jobs locally in New Jersey, as well as allow the shipyard to be more competitive in the global economy."

The grant is part of the Assistance to Small Shipyards program funded by the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 (Pub. L.113-6) and it goes to shipyards that provide essential services to commercial and government ships.

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