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Pascagoula, MS, May 4, 2017 – VT Halter Marine, a company of VT Systems, announced that it has begun construction of a large state of the art integrated blast and paint facility, effective April 17, 2017. The new facility will allow the complete indoor and environmentally controlled surface preparation and final painting of ship sections prior to final erection, while ensuring particles from the facility are not released into the environment. “In keeping with providing our customers with excellent facilities; the addition of this new facility will further enhance our capabilities and quality to be more efficient and competitive,” said Paul J. Albert, CEO.

The facility, located on the northeast corner of the Pascagoula, MS shipyard, will accommodate ship sections as large as 105’ W x 80’ L x 40’ H and that weigh up to 500 tons each. It is of a “flow-thru” configuration allowing ship sections to be prepared, blasted, and painted complete without having to be taken outside. The independent facility consists of a large 304’ x 120’ main building with three side areas housing the preparation area, blast booth, small parts paint booth, large ship section paint booth, paint kitchen, and dual independent grit recovery and cleaning areas. Located adjacent to the main building is the 135’ x 50’ paint storage warehouse. Designed for 24/7 operation in all weather conditions, the facility utilizes 100% LED lighting to reduce energy demands, as well as reduce its carbon footprint.

The completion of the building, contracted to Quin-Co of Eight Mile, AL, is expected by September 2017, with operational completion also expected in the early fall of 2017.

VT Halter Marine, the marine operations of VT Systems, is based in Pascagoula, Mississippi and is a leader in the design and construction of medium-sized ships in the United States. VT Halter Marine designs, builds and repairs a wide variety of ocean-going vessels such as patrol vessels, oil recovery vessels, oil cargo vessels, ferries, logistic support vessels and survey vessels.  Please visit

VT Systems is an engineering company providing integrated solutions to the commercial and government markets in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. VT Systems’ innovative solutions, products and services include aircraft maintenance, repair and modification; software solutions in training and simulation; satellite-based IP communications technology; network solutions that integrate data, voice and video; rugged computers and computer peripheral equipment; specialized truck bodies and trailers; weapons and munitions systems; road construction equipment; and ship design and shipbuilding. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., VT Systems operates globally and is a wholly owned subsidiary of ST Engineering. Please visit

Media contacts:   

Meredith Foster
Manager, Business Development
VT Halter Marine
Phone:    (1) 228 696 6860
Fax:        (1) 228 696 6899

Kimberly Miles
Manager, Corporate Communications
VT Systems
Phone:    (1) 703 739 2610