Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the chairman of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, announced today that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded $990,500 to the Portland Shipyard. The funding will be used to replace an aging and outdated mobile boat hoist with a new 330-ton mobile boat hoist with technological improvements to enhance its capabilities to serve Portland’s fleet. The project is part of the shipyard’s modernization efforts to improve safety and efficiency.
“As the only commercial shipyard in Maine’s largest city, Portland Shipyard has an essential role servicing commercial fishing fleets, public agency vessels such as fireboats and pilot boats, and ferries that operate throughout the Casco Bay islands,” said Senator Collins. “By helping Portland Shipyard acquire this new boat lift, this investment will improve the safety of employees and return working vessels to the water more quickly.”
The grant funding was awarded through the Maritime Administration, an agency within the DOT.