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McDermott International plans to shut down Morgan City fabrication yard

McDermott International plans to shut down Morgan City fabrication yard

McDermott International has announced it will suspend operations of its historic Morgan City fabrication yard sometime early next year.

Governor Bobby Jindal traveled to the fabrication yard Tuesday to meet with local officials to discuss future employment opportunities for the workers impacted by McDermott’s decision.

“This is obviously very disappointing news for our people and our entire state. McDermott’s fabrication yard has been a source of pride for the Bayou Region and all of Louisiana for many years. Unfortunately, an increasing amount of deepwater fabrication work for the Gulf of Mexico requires much deeper water depths than are available at McDermott’s yard here, which was the primary factor driving the company’s decision,” said the Governor.

Other companies in the area such as Bollinger Shipyards, Danos, Intermoor, Gulf Island, and Edison Chouest Offshore, among others, are adding jobs right now, according to a press release from the Governor’s office.

Officials from those companies seeking to hire workers were also in attendance, along with the Governor at the fabrication yard Tuesday.

McDermott President/CEO Steve Johnson stated that the company will renew its leases at the site in order to preserve the opportunity to restart operations at the yard when and if market conditions improve. He also stated that McDermott would entertain offers from other companies that could make use of the location in partnership with McDermott.