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St. Johns Ship Building Hosts Keel Laying Ceremony for Jones Act CTV

July 21, 2022

Representatives from St. Johns Ship Building, Americraft Marine and Windea participate in the keel laying ceremony at the St. Johns Ship Building in Palatka, Florida. St. Johns Ship Building picture

St. Johns Shipbuilding recently hosted a bowling ceremony for the first incat Crowther 30-crew transport vessel (CTV) built to US Jones Act regulations.

St. Johns Ship Building was recently acquired by American Marine Groupa maritime subsidiary of the private company group headquartered in the United States, the Libra Group which has 45 years of maritime heritage through its original subsidiary Lomar.

The construction of this series of Incat-designed vessels also signals the official launch of St. Johns Ship Building’s new direction of producing dedicated high-speed aluminum vessels. The Incat 30 is a 30 meter crew carrier with a top speed of 29 knots and made from marine grade aluminum.

Customer team representatives from Windeaa partnership of horn blower wind and Mid-ocean windparticipated in this milestone, and the event marks the first in a series of vessels under construction at St. Johns for Windea that will enter service as part of the Vineyard Wind I construction project near Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.

“This ceremony is a very proud moment for Americraft Marine as it represents the first keel laying ceremony at St. Johns Ship Building under our ownership and is the culmination of much hard work by the team. of St. Johns,” Ed Sheets, executive vice president and chief commercial strategy officer of Americacraft Marine Group, said during his remarks at the ceremony. “We couldn’t be happier to have Hornblower and their partners returning to St. Johns Ship Building to build the ships that will help bring America closer to energy independence and a cleaner, healthier environment for generations to come. coming.”

The foundation for this focus on supporting the construction of Jones Act compliant CTVs was laid over two years ago through multiple facility modifications and the acquisition of new production equipment such as the facility a computer numerical control (CNC) router for the processing of non-ferrous metals and composite materials.

“St. Johns Ship Building employees continue to work hard to augment our well-equipped facility to support a diverse product line, which already includes several steel and aluminum projects,” said Jeff Bukoski, president of St. Johns Ship Building. “Our efforts are building the industrial strength of American shipbuilding, and we remain ready to build and repair nearly any different type of vessel that will be needed to meet this nation’s future offshore wind development needs.”