Atlantic Marine was an American shipbuilding and construction company. It operated two shipyards, one in Mobile, Alabama and the original corporate location, a smaller one in Jacksonville, Florida where its headquarters was located. The company offered a variety of services, including shipbuilding, ship repairs, maintenance and conversion, and also steel fabrication for industrial uses. Atlantic Marine included four shipyards; two on the East Coast in Jacksonville, Florida, and two on the Gulf of Mexico in Mobile, Alabama. Yard-by-Yard, Atlantic offers a wide range of capabilities and services.
A modernization program for Navy-owned research ships is nearing completion. In addition to the five AGORs currently owned by Navy and operated by the academic community, a new research ship, to be operated by the University of Hawaii, will employ the unconventional SWATH (Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull) design. A contract was let in October 1999 to a team of Lockeed-Martin and Atlantic Marine Inc. of Jacksonville, FL for a replacement of the University of Hawaii's R/V MOANA WAVE. Construction commenced on 08 January 2001 at AMI, with delivery scheduled for January 2002. This ship is designated by the Navy AGOR 26 and is operated under agreement by the University of Hawaii as part of the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS).
Atlantic Marine and Atlantic Dry Dock are located on 81 acres at the intersection of the St. Johns River and Intracoastal Waterway, only two miles (3km) from the Atlantic Ocean. A river depth of 38 feet (11.5m) provides customers easy access to the facilities.
Jointly occupying Pinto Island, a location of shipbuilding and ship repair in the history of Mobile, Alabama, Atlantic Marine and Alabama Shipyard continue that tradition today. The 650-acre site adjacent to a 42-ft. (12.8m) deep ship channel on Mobile Bay provides direct access to the Gulf of Mexico and the major shipping lanes. With these two sister companies positioned to complement one another, customers are afforded a full range of services. Atlantic Marine provides ship repair and conversions for bluewater commercial fleet, cruise industry and offshore oil service industry. Alabama Shipyard offers new ship construction. The investment in plant, equipment and processes has these yards in the forefront of technically advanced US shipyards.
Atlantic Marine, Inc. was started in 1964 in Jacksonville, Florida, by founder George W. Gibbs III. In 1966, Atlantic saw the need for a ship repair facility to complement the ship building activity and opened Atlantic Dry Dock on adjacent property. In the 1970's the corporation grew substantially and by the 1980's, visions of expansion became actual plans. Significant additions to the company's existing property along the St. Johns River and Intracoastal Waterway built on the success of this maritime industry in Jacksonville. New repair piers, increased water depth, a new 4,000-ton marine railway and new launchways were part of the commitment that the company would provide facilities and services necessary to fulfill customer needs. In 1989, Atlantic acquired the former ADDSCO Industries in Mobile, Alabama, opening two more shipyards. Alabama Shipyard concentrated on new construction and its sister company, Atlantic Marine-Mobile specializes in repairs and conversions. This acquisition enabled Atlantic to expand their capabilities to build and repair larger vessels providing the same quality craftsmanship and to invest in the improved productivity and the future of both shipyards. Atlantic's facilities in both locations were among the finest in the industry with the most modern equipment and technology available. Known throughout the world for high quality workmanship, the skilled craftsmen take great pride in their commitment to excellence and their ability to deliver vessels on-time.
The Alabama drydock facility was capable of servicing vessels of up to 46,400 tons, including cargo and cruise ships, and also offered repair and conversion facilities for drilling rigs and semi-submersibles that served the offshore oil industry. The Jacksonville drydock serviced vessels of up to 14,600 tons, and specialized in "mega-yacht repairs and refits, as well as commercial and U.S. Navy ship repairs and conversions, marine fabrication, and industrial fabrication and machining."
As Atlantic Marine Holdings, the company took over the former shipyard of the Alabama Drydock and Shipbuilding Company in 1992. In 2001 Atlantic Marine took over Simonneau Marine, which was the leading pontoon manufacturer in Europe. The company employed 600 full-time workers in 2005. In 2006, the company was itself taken over by an investment firm run by former U.S. Navy Secretary John F. Lehman and became known simply as Atlantic Marine. It was acquired by BAE Systems in May 2010 for $352 million. BAE Systems renamed the former company BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards, a division of BAE Systems Inc.
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