World-Class Shipbuilding Facilities
The majority of ECO vessels are designed, engineered and built at Chouest-affiliated shipyards. These world-class shipbuilding facilities are models of operational integrity. Equipped to accommodate a wide range of new construction projects, as well as repairs, conversions and refits, ECO shipyards are expertly managed to ensure absolute quality control and strict delivery schedules. Chouest's ability to design, build, own and operate state-of-the-art, mission-specific vessels offers its customers a value unmatched in the industry.
North American Shipbuilding
North American Shipbuilding (NAS) was founded in Larose, Louisiana, in 1974, and has built more specialized offshore vessels than any other shipyard in the world. Designing and constructing vessels for ECO has garnered many notable achievements for NAS, including the construction of the first U.S. Antarctic icebreaking research vessel; the largest and most powerful anchor handling vessel in the U.S. fleet; the first dynamically-positioned vessel in the U.S. fleet; the world's first floating production system installation vessel; and the largest water throw capacity vessel in the U.S. fleet. NAS consistently ranks among the finest shipyards in the world.
ECO's largest shipyard to date, LaShip in Houma, Louisiana, is an ultra-modern facility that will ultimately employ over 1,000 skilled workers. LaShip is equipped to accommodate a wide range of new construction projects, as well as repairs, conversions and refits. Construction is currently underway on several new well stimulation vessels at LaShip, along with a 360-foot Arctic ice class anchor handling tug supply vessel.
Located on 37 acres in Gulfport, Mississippi, Gulf Ship has established itself as a world-class shipbuilder since its inception in April 2006. The shipyard was recognized by Harrison County and the state of Mississippi for its positive economic impact on the region following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Among Gulf Ship's many achievements is the ongoing construction of ECO's versatile true tractor tugs, supporting LNG receiving terminals along the Louisiana and Texas coasts.
Tampa Ship is a full-service conversion, overhaul and repair facility located in Tampa Bay, Florida, offering direct access from the Gulf of Mexico. Tampa Ship is the largest, most complete shipyard between Pascagoula, Mississippi, and Hampton Roads, Virginia. Equipped with four large graving docks and extensive crane capabilities, Tampa Ship specializes in conversions, general repair and overhaul of a wide range of vessels, including product tankers, container ships, general cargo vessels, drill ships and rigs, offshore supply vessels, bulk carriers, passenger/cruise ships, LPG and LNG carriers and reefer ships. Read more.
Since the completion and launch of its first vessel in 2006, Estaleiro Navship has established itself as a leading example of efficiency in shipbuilding. Located in Navegantes, Brazil, Navship now employs over 800 skilled men and women. The facility features a 124,000-square-foot erection building featuring 14 overhead cranes, allowing vessels to be built out of the weather, reducing man-hours and increasing quality. A new floating drydock allows Navship to perform additional inspections and repairs to meet the needs of the rapidly growing Brazilian fleet.