Washington, D.C. – In an effort to grow jobs in the region, U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Tom Carper (D-DE) and Chris Coons (D-DE) called on the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to consider the Philly Shipyard for a national shipbuilding industrial base. In a letter to DOT Secretary Elaine Chao, the Senators outlined the importance of a state-of-the-art ships program and the world-class regional workforce.
“Since this is a critical project for our national shipbuilding industrial base, it is imperative that MARAD select the right yard for this important work. We firmly believe that Philly Shipyard is an ideal candidate to receive this contract,” wrote the Senators. “For more than 20 years, Philly Shipyard has specialized in constructing ocean-going merchant vessels, with an impressive record of timely, on-budget deliveries. The yard has delivered 29 vessels since 2003 alone – which represent nearly half of all U.S. large commercial vessels built in that time.”
A full copy of the letter is attached and can be found here.