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All American Marine Awarded MARAD Small Shipyard Grant

The hydrogen fuel cell-powered ferry Sea Change before its launch All American Marine in Bellingham, Washington. Photo courtesy All American Marine

All American Marine Awarded MARAD Small Shipyard Grant

Mike Schuler
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May 1, 2023

All American Marine, a leading manufacturer of aluminum catamarans and monohulls in the Pacific Northwest, has been awarded a Small Shipyard Grant worth $916,000 from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD).

The grant will be utilized to purchase and install a state-of-the-art 60’ router table and a CNC press brake, significantly enhancing the shipyard’s manufacturing capabilities. The company said the new equipment will enable it to cut materials with greater accuracy and speed, allowing for more precise and automated forming of metal parts.

“We are thrilled to receive this grant from MARAD,” said Ron Wille, President & COO. “This investment in our company will allow us to remain competitive in the marketplace and continue to provide our customers with the highest quality products and services.”

All American Marine shipyard in Bellingham, Washington is renowned for building cutting-edge and fuel-efficient workboats, with catamarans that utilize a hydrofoil system to maximize vessel performance and fuel efficiency. The company said the MARAD grant will allow the company to build more of these environmentally friendly boats.

All American Marine is widely regarded as a pioneer in zero-emissions solutions in the maritime industry and is committed to building the most technologically advanced vessels in the market. The company built the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell-powered commercial ferry, named Sea Change, as well as two hybrid-electric powered boats, named Enhydra and Waterman.

“All American Marine is proud of all our boats, notably the low and zero-emission boats we have constructed,” said Wille.

MARAD’s Small Shipyard Grant Program in February announced grant funding of up to $20.8 million for fiscal year 2023 to qualified shipyards.

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