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美国船厂并购后招兵买马

美国路易斯安那州船厂Metal Shark日前宣布,已经收购了美国亚拉巴马州Horizon造船的资产。据悉,Horizon造船早在2017年就提交了文书申请第11篇章破产保护。
 
根据美国亚拉巴马南区破产法庭今年6月5日批准的一份议案,此次metal Shark船厂将拥有Horizon造船位于莫比尔湾地区完全开发的35英亩造船设施的所有权。
 
Horizon造船的设施资产包括独立的东西两个船坞,位于疏浚深水入海口的两侧,能从近岸内航道直接进入墨西哥湾,共有9栋装配式建筑,1台660吨的升降机,多台起重机,CNC等离子切割机,焊接机和其它固定装置,能建造长300英尺的各种钢制和铝制船,下水重量可达1500吨。
 
Metal Shark船厂首席执行官Chris Allard介绍说,“很高兴能收购Horizon造船的资产,这将极大的增加我们的造船能力和产能,我们将利用这些新设施为船舶市场设计和建造客户所需的钢制船,同时提供船舶改装和维修服务。这些钢制船和我们已有的铝制船,将共同服务墨西哥湾和整个船舶行业。”
 
自2017年10月提交11篇章破产保护申请以来,Horizon造船就在首席执行官TravisR. Short的带领下继续运营。Metal Shark船厂收购后,Short将加入Metal Shark船厂管理层,担任执行副总裁一职。

“我很高兴能够加入这个新团队,并将我们的原工厂纳入新家族,进入下一阶段。”Short说。“我们很看好能够合并能在业界脱颖而出的技术、工艺和流程。”
 
Metal Shark船厂近几年进行了一系列扩张活动。2014年,该船厂新成立了占地25英亩的Franklin船厂,主要生产长200英尺的铝制船,包括客船和大型军用船艇。同时,该船厂占地15英亩的Jeanerette生产园区在近几年规模也扩大了数倍,每年为美国及国际军用客户、执法机构、消防部门等生产近200艘船艇。

Metal Shark表示,它正在大力招聘,因为公司试图加强劳动力,以支持其增长计划。

“我们现在将纳入Metal Shark的技术,我们的生产和项目管理方法,以及由40多名工程师和船舶设计师组成的内部员工的力量,将这些新资产整合到我们的运营中,”Allard说。“我们也将开始分离我们的舰艇和造船业务,并将其视为不同的实体。当我们继续按照这个构想运行时,我们感觉这些条件对于我们投资组合的进一步发展和多样化来说是完美的。“。



Metal Shark Acquires Horizon Shipbuilding Assets

Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark said it has acquired the assets of Alabama-based Horizon Shipbuilding, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October 2017.

Metal Shark will assume ownership of Horizon’s fully developed 35-acre shipbuilding facility in the Mobile Bay region, following a motion approved by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of Alabama on June 5, 2018.

The Horizon facility, which features separate east and west yards both fronting a dredged deepwater inlet, includes nine assembly buildings; a 660-ton Travelift; multiple cranes, CNC plasma cutters, welders and other fixtures supporting the construction of steel and aluminum vessels up to 300’ in length and 1,500 tons launch weight. The Alabama yard is situated minutes from the Intracoastal Waterway with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico.

“We are thrilled to acquire the assets of Horizon, which will greatly increase our shipbuilding capability and capacity,” said Metal Shark’s CEO Chris Allard. “This acquisition will dramatically expand Metal Shark, as we add an impressive Alabama facility to our growing portfolio of shipyards and leverage Horizon’s expertise in the construction of steel vessels.”

With its new facility, Metal Shark said it plans to be active in the design and construction of custom steel vessels for multiple markets, as well as the refit, repair and conversion of existing vessels.

“As we add steel vessels to our already broad range of aluminum craft, we will offer everything from a sixteen-foot aluminum skiff to steel vessels up to 300’, and virtually everything in between, making the diversity of Metal Shark’s portfolio truly unmatched in the industry,” Allard said. “Additionally, our Alabama yard’s complete refit and repair services will appeal to customers throughout the Gulf, and also those in the South Florida and Caribbean yachting community. These clients will benefit from an accessible and modern facility with some of the most competitive labor rates in the nation.”

Since filing for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 in October, Horizon has continued to operate under the direction of company CEO Travis R. Short. With the acquisition, Short will join Metal Shark, where he will serve as Executive Vice President.

“Over his past 20-plus years with Horizon, Travis has done an outstanding job of building and maintaining relationships with customers across multiple sectors,” Allard said. “He is well-liked and respected; he brings great shipbuilding knowledge and insight, and we’re happy to welcome him to Metal Shark.”

“After a long run at Horizon, I am pleased to enter this next phase by joining this team and by bringing our Alabama yard into the Metal Shark family,” Short said. “We are excited to add the technology, engineering, and processes that have set Metal Shark apart in the industry.”

The acquisition is the latest in a series of expansion moves by Metal Shark. In 2014 the company opened its 25-acre Franklin, La. shipyard, which currently produces aluminum vessels up to 200’ in length including passenger vessels and larger military craft. The most recent Franklin expansion includes a new 200’ x 80’ large vessel assembly building and 8,000 square-foot office building just finished this year. Meanwhile, the company’s nearby 15-acre Jeanerette, La. production campus, also expanded numerous times in recent years, currently produces nearly 200 boats a year for U.S and foreign militaries, law enforcement agencies, fire departments and others.

Metal Shark said it is heavily recruiting as it seeks to bolster its workforce to support its growth plans.

“We will now incorporate Metal Shark’s technology, our production and project management methodologies, and the power of our in-house staff of over 40 engineers and naval architects to integrate these new assets into our operations,” Allard said. “We will also begin to separate our boatbuilding and shipbuilding efforts and recognize them as different entities. As we continue on this very calculated trajectory, we feel the conditions are perfect for the further growth and diversification of our portfolio.”
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