Tampa site of Alaskan shipbuilding project?

[B]From Tampa Tribune [/B]
[B]Published: November 16, 2009<O:p[/B][B]TAMPA - The Louisiana shipbuilder that operates Tampa Ship LLC at the Port of Tampa is considering Tampa along with Houma, La., as a site to build an arctic icebreaker for Shell Oil[/B]
[B]However, an official with Edison Chouest Offshore said he is not familiar with a proposal submitted to Florida economic development officials last summer for a project by an unnamed maritime company that would expand its local operations and create 400 jobs in Tampa at an average wage of $44,341.[/B]
[B]<O:p[/B][B]Edison Chouest bought Tampa Bay Shipbuilding & Repair Co.'s lease a year ago and retained its 500 employees, The company will decide by year’s end whether to build the ship Shell wold operate in Alaskan waters in Tampa, where it is rebuilding and improving its shipyard[/B]
[B]The Alaskan icebreaker would take 1.3 million man hours to build and would be delivered by March 2012. It will be 360 to 400 feet long, longer than a football field with the end zones included…[COLOR=blue][U]Click here for rest of article[/U][/COLOR][/B][U][/U]

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