SAVE OUR SHIPYARD

Today, at stake is the Dakota Creek Industries shipyard in Anacortes, WA, and the state-of-the-art fishing vessel that is nearing completion in their yard.

Dakota Creek Shipyard

Dakota Creek Shipyard

  • Family owned business in Anacortes, WA
  • Supports nearly 900 direct jobs and thousands of indirect jobs across Washington state
  • Delivered 62 commercial and U.S. Navy vessels since 1976 and is a critical piece of shipbuilding infrastructure
  • Each project can provide up to 900,000 labor hours for highly skilled tradesman, use up to 8 million pounds of U.S. fabricated steel, and employ roughly 350 workers for a 3-5-year period
Seaport and Can-Am Plants

Fishermen’s Finest

  • 4th-largest woman-owned business in the Pacific Northwest
  • Employs more than 230 people, with industry-leading crew wages and retention
  • First company in its sector to invest in a next-generation vessel.
  • Working to bring more work to PNW shipyards by spurring the recapitalization of the North Pacific fishing fleet
  • Investing in increased safety, efficiency, and environmental standards to move the fishing industry forward
America's Finest

America’s Finest

  • New, world-class catcher-processor vessel nearing completion at Dakota Creek
  • $75 million investment, Washington’s largest private shipbuilding investment in the last 12 years
  • Unmatched safety standards for crew
  • Built with 5.3 million lbs. of U.S. steel, creating 650,000 labor hours for highly skilled, highly paid U.S. shipyard workers and union subcontractors
  • Cutting-edge breakthroughs in environmental and operating efficiency reduce GHG emissions by 80 percent, which has the potential to eliminate billions of tons of carbon emissions fleet wide
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Save Our Ship

When Dakota Creek started this project, they were unaware of private rulings by the U.S. Coast Guard regulating the use of foreign steel in U.S.-built fishing vessels. A small amount of standard-class, cold-formed steel was imported from Holland, which was unavailable in the United States.

In the yard in Anacortes, Dakota Creek workers shaped, cut, drilled and installed that steel onto the ship.

$75m

build cost

Largest private investment in shipbuilding in Washington State in the last 12 years

350

shipyard jobs

Washington shipyards face stiff competition from Gulf Coast yards

33,000

fishing and shipyard jobs statewide

What’s at Stake

 

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Save Our Fishermen, Sailors and Shipbuilders

In early 2017 Dakota Creek became aware that the installation of the Dutch steel might disqualify America’s Finest for commercial fishing under the Vessel Documentation Act and also coastwise trade. The shipyard quickly self-reported the unintended error, and is now seeking a congressional exemption to keep America’s Finest fishing in American waters.
Failure to receive such a waiver could:

Bankrupt Dakota Creek and endanger its 350 family wage jobs

Result in America’s Finest likely being sold to a Russian fishing company at a disastrous loss, handing cutting-edge technology and design over to a foreign competitor

Weaken the country’s shipbuilding infrastructure

Result in America’s Finest likely being sold to a Russian fishing company at a disastrous loss, handing cutting-edge technology and design over to a foreign competitor

Deal a major blow to recapitalization efforts

Result in America’s Finest likely being sold to a Russian fishing company at a disastrous loss, handing cutting-edge technology and design over to a foreign competitor

Cause the U.S. to fall even further behind

Result in America’s Finest likely being sold to a Russian fishing company at a disastrous loss, handing cutting-edge technology and design over to a foreign competitor

Join Us!

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Let your voice be heard

By uniting with the Coalition to Save Our Shipyard, you will send a clear and direct message that cannot be ignored: There is simply too much at stake to allow a local shipyard and the hundreds of workers and families that depend on it to go under.

Congressional Support

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With your continued help, the support of our community, and the leadership of public officials, we can protect our vital shipyards and our maritime economy.

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