VT Halter Marine to get $8M for Pascagoula shipyard improvements

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - VT Halter Marine is receiving more than $8 million for infrastructure improvements at its Pascagoula shipyard, which was damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

According to the Department of Defense website, VT Halter Marine was awarded an $8,436,603 firm-fixed-price contract for the work. The improvements include shipyard paving, utility improvements, crane rail extensions and the procurement of additional crawler and overhead cranes.

It's part of a series of contracts Gulf Coast shipbuilders are receiving for Katrina repairs. The hope is that the improvements will be long lasting and result in measurable cost reductions in current and future Navy shipbuilding contracts.

The work at VT Halter Marine in Pascagoula is expected to be complete by July 2012.

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