Southwest Shipyard Blog Post

Southwest Shipyard, L.P. awarded WorkBoat’s 2013 Environmental Award

Southwest Shipyard, L.P., a leading provider of vessel cleaning, repair, refurbishing and construction services to the marine industry, was awarded WorkBoat’s 2013 Environmental Award for its outstanding results achieved by its Multimedia Pollution Prevention Initiative at its Channelview, Texas Shipyard.

This initiative was begun in late 2009 and continues to move forward today and into the future. Through 2014, this initiative has achieved the follow significant results:

  • reduced total VOC emissions from 115 tons per year in 2009 to less than 50 tons per year for 2014; a 57.4% reduction.
  • Hazardous Waste generation has been drastically reduced from 4.6 million pounds in 2010 to only 0.4 million pounds for 2012; an 87% reduction.
  • Total potable water consumption at the shipyard has been reduced from 18 million gallons in 2009 to only 11.5 million gallons for 2014; a 36% reduction.

Southwest’s pollution prevention initiative will continue to move forward to achieve further reductions. Work is currently underway on installation of a new Vapor Combustor System that will further reduce VOC emissions by approx. 6 ton per year and achieve a 2 – 3 ton per year reduction in NOx.

About Southwest Shipyard, L.P. – Southwest Shipyard was formed in 1954 and today owns and operates four (4) shipyards in South Texas with direct deep water access to the Gulf of Mexico. The company provides gas freeing and cleaning services, topside and major repairs, surface preparation and painting, major conversion, renovation and new construction services to the entire marine industry. Southwest Shipyard currently can handle Inland and Offshore Barges, Boats, OSVs, Ferries and Offshore tugs. Learn more about Southwest Shipyard, L.P. at