Friday, June 28, 2013

Report: California 5th Biggest Shipbuilding State in US

California ranks fifth in shipbuilding and repair among US states, while Washington is ranked in the top 10, according to a new report.

The report, compiled by the US Maritime Administration, states that California has 7.6 percent of the country’s shipbuilding market, behind Virginia with 24.9 percent, Louisiana with 12.1 percent, Mississippi at 9.4 percent and Connecticut with 8.3 percent.

California employs 8,100 dockworkers in shipbuilding and ship repair, accounting for $777 million in gross domestic product, according to the report.

Washington state ranks ninth on the list with 3.3 percent of the shipbuilding market, according to the MARAD data.

Currently there are 117 shipyards spread across 26 US states that are classified as active shipbuilders. In addition, there are over 200 shipyards engaged in ship repairs or capable of building ships but not actively engaged in shipbuilding, according to MARAD. The majority of shipyards are located in the coastal states, but there are also active shipyards on major inland waterways such as the Great Lakes, the Mississippi River, and the Ohio River.

Employment in shipbuilding and repairing is concentrated in a relatively small number of coastal states, with the top five states accounting for 62 percent of all private employment in the shipbuilding and repairing industry.

The nation’s shipyards support $36 billion in gross domestic product, the report says. It also notes that although most shipbuilders are located in coastal areas, the direct and indirect economic benefits reach all 50 states.

For example, in 2011 the nation’s more than 300 shipyards directly provided more than 107,000 jobs, $7.9 billion in labor income to the national economy and contributed $9.8 billion in gross domestic product.

The average income for these industry jobs is $73,000, 45 percent higher than the national average, according to the report.

From 2010 to 2012, deliveries of vessels of all types -- including tugs and towboats, passenger vessels, commercial and fishing vessels, and oceangoing and inland barges -- exceeded 1,200 vessels per year, reaching 1,457 vessels in 2011.

The report, titled The Economic Importance of the U.S. Shipbuilding and Repairing Industry, can be seen at