Travis R. Short of Horizon Shipbuilding with Jeff Brumfield of FMT in front of newbuild M/V Michael Akiu #86

Horizon Shipbuilding Delivers Third 80’ Towboat

Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc. announced it has delivered another 80-foot inland river towboat, the M/V Michael Akiu #86, to Florida Marine Transporters. Inc. (FMT) of Mandeville, La. The 2,100 horsepower M/V Michael Akiu #86 is the final vessel for FMT as part of a order for three 80’ X 33’ X 10’-6” twin propeller towboats awarded […]

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Mickey Cook joins Horizon Shipbuilding

Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc.reports that Mr. Mickey Cook has recently joined the corporation as the Vice President of Operations for the Bayou La Batre shipyard. Mr. Cook is one of the founders of C & G Boatworks, Mobile, Alabama, where he served as General Manager. He brings thirty –eight years of experience in the shipbuilding industry […]

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Is your business looking over the horizon?

Be Prepared Are you prepared for growth? Or… are you prepared for the opposite scenario: challenging times or fierce competition that force you to up your game? One SSI client that has proven the ability to adapt to challenges is Horizon Shipbuilding in Bayou La Batre, Louisiana, USA. Horizon builds and repairs a variety of […]

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Dale Artigue


The Eastbank of the Mississippi River in New Orleans near the Riverwalk Mall was packed December 3 with a trio of new towboats from Florida Marine Transporters (FMT). The late-afternoon gathering had the feel of a reunion, with members of the FMT family mingling onshore and aboard the mv. Kimberly Hidalgo, mv. James Dale Robin […]

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Horizon Logo hi res

Horizon part of Regions Bank $1.5 billion commitment to loan pool designed to fuel job growth in Alabama

Alabama Economic Development Loan Pool helping finance business expansions at companies across the state BIRMINGHAM, Ala.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Regions Bank (NYSE:RF) today announced the company exceeded its Alabama Economic Development Loan Pool commitment for 2013 and will expand its loan pool commitment in 2014. “The Alabama Economic Development Loan Pool reflects Regions’ commitment to serving as […]

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George C. Grugett


Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc., Bayou La Batre,AL has delivered the Motor Vessel George C. Grugett to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in Memphis, TN. This is the second vessel in two years that Horizon has built for the Corps and will serve the Memphis District primarily to provide mobility and quarters for the buoy […]

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An aerial shot of the newly added West Yard

Horizon Shipbuilding opens ‘West Yard’ facilities, triples capacity

Horizon Shipbuilding Inc. of Bayou La Batre said they have tripled the company’s production capacity with the recent acquisition and development of its “West Yard” facilities. Located directly across the Bayou from its main yard, the “West Yard” adds about 22 acres to Horizon’s footprint, including 3,000 feet of waterfront, three production bays, and multiple […]

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Using the Right Tool Can Save BIG Time

Nestled in the far southwest corner of Bayou La Batre, Alabama sits one of the top ship and boat building companies. For over fifteen years Horizon Shipbuilding has been turning out some of the top vessels to grace the water, from small 30’ boats for the US Navy to 200’ supply ships. The family run […]

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Horizon Shipbuilding President Travis Short surveys his Bayou La Batre shipyard on a recent weekday morning.

Surrounded by Giants, Horizon Shipbuilding Shines

Dust doesn’t sit still for long at Horizon Shipbuilding. With 185 employees constructing nine vessels, in addition to a $4 million facility renovation, there isn’t much down time at the company’s 8-acre shipyard. A quick walking tour of the facility is all that’s needed to leave shoes and pants covered in a thin layer of […]

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