Moss Point Awarded $3.6-Million To Build 15 Barges For U.S. Navy
With the recent signing of a $3.6- million contract with the U.S. Navy for the construction of 15 110-foot open lighter barges, Moss Point Marine (MPM) of Escatawpa, Miss., has begun to look to the future with renewed confidence and enthusiasm. MPM president John Dane I II summed up the feelings of the entire company in saying, "Through these tough times in the shipbuilding industry, we have been extremely fortunate to have loyal customers who have provided us with enough work to keep our facility active and our employees on the job. The tough times are not yet over, however, so we are daily working to obtain new jobs. We have been able to diversify our talents and have become very flexible in meeting customers' needs, whether it be repair work, new construction, government contracts, or major conversion jobs. We will continue to exercise this versatility, and when our industry is experiencing prosperous times again we will be there to serve the marketplace." In addition to the Navy barge project, MPM presently has under construction a 218-foot supply vessel and a 186-foot supply vessel, both for InterMarine of Houston; two 181-foot supply vessels for Argosy Offshore of New Orleans; and a 219-foot freezer stern trawler for an unannounced owner.