Orleans, Louisiana - August 23rd, 2006 - Trinity Yachts,
LLC announced that they have recently re-opened their
original shipyard, located on the Industrial Canal in
the Eastern section of New Orleans, Louisiana.
The 38 acre yard with almost 10 acres
of covered building area suffered badly from the effects
of the hurricane water and almost 70% of the work
force lost their homes. After partial power, rudimentary
communications and general infrastructure returned
to the yard and using many local employees to continue
the clean-up and repairs, Trinity officially re-opened
its doors on July 5th. Fortunately because the New
Orleans shipyard is above sea level and located outside
of New Orleans levee system, it was not exposed to
the weeks of flooding most of the city endured.
According to John Dane III, president,
"We are very excited to announce that since Hurricane
Katrina, Trinity Yachts have signed up 7 additional
contracts extending the backlog to 18 superyachts
and 39 months of work, a total of 2,970 feet (LOA)."
added, "With this increased backlog of work,
Trinity is taking applications for all crafts, engineers
and Naval Architects at this time, at both the New
Orleans and Gulfport facility."
the reinstallation of a 350 ton travel lift and completed
repairs to 50% of the covered buildings, the construction
of several hulls are well underway. As the area recovers
from the effects of the nations largest natural catastrophe,
Trinity is quickly ramping up to pre-Katrina projections
for the New Orleans shipyard. As many of the original
employees are returning to the New Orleans shipyard,
and with over 500 employees at the shipyard in Gulfport,
Trinity is continuing a tradition of building world
as before August 29, 2005, when Hurricane Katrina
slammed into the city, the New Orleans shipyard will
continue building world class luxury custom yachts
such as the world class 180ft MIA ELISE, the 161ft.
ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM and the 177ft. KATHERINE to mention
reopening of the New Orleans shipyard continues the
ship and yacht building tradition along the Industrial
Canal. The shipyard was one of the production facilities
of the WWII D-Day landing craft created by the famous
Andrew Higgins, once called "…the man who
won the war for us," by President Eisenhower.
Trinity has centered its main operations here since
as the largest builder of superyachts in the United
States, Trinity continues to expand and accommodate
an ever increasing order book, one of the largest
in the history of superyachts.
Photo left to right
- John Dane, III, C.E.O; George Barquero, Shipfitting
Foreman; Wayne Bourgeois, C.O.O. shown in the France
road facility with the first aluminum module being
produced since reopening.