TAMPA BAY, Florida -- Edison Chouest has secured the assignment of Tampa Bay Shipbuilding and Repair's long-term lease agreement with the Tampa Bay port and has created Tampa Ship LLC. Chouest has assumed management and operation of the yard.
The Tampa shipyard is a full service conversion, overhaul, and repair facility that was previously owned by a group associated with Bender Shipbuilding and Repair. Chouest has agreed to assist in the phase out of a new construction deal with Bender.
The previous owner has been building three large barges for Overseas Shipholding Group; Chouest will assist in completing that deal, slated for a late 2009 delivery.