Maine shipyard could get $10M in upgrades

Posted May 13, 2011, at 9:52 a.m.
Last modified May 13, 2011, at 3:51 p.m.

KITTERY, Maine — Maine’s Portsmouth Naval Shipyard could get up to $10 million in infrastructure improvements as part of a bill passed by a committee of the U.S. House.

The money was attached to the National Defense Authorization Act, approved by the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday night.

Maine Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree says the money would be used to fund the rebuilding of the yard’s structural shops.

Pingree says the Kittery yard has a world-class reputation for high-quality, efficient work, but it needs to improve and upgrade its facilities so it can continue to compete and create jobs for the people of Maine and New Hampshire.

Paul O’Connor, president of the Metal Trades Council, tells Foster’s Daily Democrat the funding is key to helping the yard stay competitive.