HUDSHIP Announces Major Expansion Of Shipbuilding Operation
Wendle W. Huddleston, president and chief executive officer of Hudson S h i p b u i l d e r s , Inc. (HUDSHIP), announced that the company had acquired additional property for a major expansion of its shipbuilding operation. The new property is located on the west bank of the East Pascagoula River just south of the Pascagoula (Miss.) River Bridge. The 16Yi acres, which was purchased from H.B. Marine, was formerly known as the Corps of Engineers Pascagoula Boatyard and later as the Gulf Coast Marine Ways, Inc. Mr. Huddleston announced plans to construct vessels up to 250 feet in length at the new facility. HUDSHIP already has contracts for at least eight 185-foot oilfield supply vessels. Construction of these vessels will begin soon at the new facility.
HUDSHIP will continue to build its present line of 112-foot to 145- foot offshore supply vessels, harbor and ocean tugs, and river pushboats at its east bank facility located on Cedar Street north of the Pascagoula River Bridge. Both facilities will be operated under vice president and general manager Travis Short. Headquarters for the operation will be moved to the new facility; however, many of the support functions will remain at the present facility.
In addition to the new yard, Mr. Huddleston also announced a major upgrading of HUDSHIP's present facility, including a new machine shop and f a b r i c a t i on building, and the installation of a large-capacity lathe and plate shear.