U.S. Shipbuilding Employment, 2019
One of the Largest Maritime Hubs on the United States East Coast
The Commonwealth is home to more than 25,000 shipbuilding and ship repair personnel. The largest concentration among all East Coast states combined. Access to this talent and supportive training institutions provide an optimal set of skills from maritime fabrication to offshore wind fabrication. In addition, Virginia’s maritime vessel operators — boasting a long record servicing the world’s largest naval base, the East Coast’s third-largest port, major infrastructure construction projects, and numerous private terminal operators — stand ready to service the offshore wind industry.
The Port of Virginia’s $1.5 billion modernization and expansion project will create the deepest, widest, and safest commercial shipping channels and harbor on the East Coast. And with no overhead obstructions, Virginia provides an ideal logistical advantage for OEMs and developer staging areas.