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Pascagoula, MS, - April 6, 2018 – VT Halter Marine Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a company of VT Systems, held a dedication ceremony today to unveil its new state-of-the-art blast and paint facility that will allow ship sections to be prepared, blasted and painted in a controlled environment. The ceremony included a keynote speech given by Senator Roger Wicker, U.S. Senator for the state of Mississippi.

“The installation of this new blast and paint facility is to incorporate cutting edge technologies in our marine construction programs.  We are now able to apply a diverse range of protective coatings regardless of the weather conditions,” said Rob Mullins, Chief Executive Officer of VT Halter Marine.

Located at the northeast corner of VT Halter Marine’s shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi, the facility consists of a large 304’ x 120’ main building with adjacent spaces for blasting, and painting of small parts of large ship sections with dual independent grit recovery, and cleaning processes to enable re-use of abrasive media. It can accommodate ship sections as large as 105’ W x 80’ L x 40’ H, weighing up to 500 tons each.  The facility is also designed for 24/7 operation in all weather conditions, and utilizes 100% LED lighting to reduce energy consumption and carbon footprint. 


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:

Karianne Delancey
Executive Administrative Assistant/Corporate Communications
VT Halter Marine
Phone: (1) 228 696 6835
Fax:     (1) 228 696 6890

Kimberly Miles
Manager, Corporate Communications
VT Systems
Phone: (1) 703 739 2610
Fax: (1) 703 739 2611