Wall Shipyard Completed $11.5 Million In Vessel Repair Work And Service In 1980

Wall Shipyard Inc. has announced $11.5 million worth of service to the maritime industry during 1980, an increase from $7 million in 1979, according to Charles W.

Wall Sr., president. He said that the majority of his Harvey, La., shipyard's work comes from repairs to boats, barges, and rigs that navigate the inland waterways of the Gulf Coast, the Mississippi River and its tributaries.

"What is significant about this work," said Mr. Wall, "is that 80 percent of it comes from firms outside Louisiana. So we're not talking about only local dollar turnover— this is new revenue for our local economy." He added that he is proud to be a part of one of the greatest collections of marine repair facilities in the world, and to make such a significant contribution to the local economy.

About one-third of Wall's work comes from vessels and equipment serving the oil production industry. Five drydocks are in service presently at Wall, and a sixth is due for completion by the spring. These facilities are used for repairs to inland floating rigs, spud barges and dredges, crewboats and supply boats, and work barges that carry pipe and other equipment to offshore drilling sites.

Another third of Wall Shipyard's business is generated by the petroleum transporting industry. Wall's gas-freeing plant cleans barges of petroleum products to make them safe for repairs or for use for other products. The balance of Wall's business comes from those vessels involved in the transportation of agricultural products.

Wall is located on two plants in the Intracoastal Waterway. The 14-acre Plant Number 1 is the site of the drydocks, machine and propeller repair shops, and the office.

Plant Number 2, occupying 50 acres, is the location of the barge cleaning and gas-freeing plant and topside repair facilities. This plant was placed into service in 1975 and is reserved for future expansion.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 28,  Feb 15, 1981

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