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    Bender Shipbuilding & Repair opens yard in Mexico

    Yard News // June 11, 2004
    Tom Bender, President of Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Company in Mobile, Alabama, has confirmed the opening of Astilleros Bender S De R L De C V in Tampico, Mexico. Astilleros Bender (AB) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bender.

    The shipyard is located on the south side of the Panuco River 10km upstream from the Gulf of Mexico and across from the city of Tampico. The yard consists of 125 acres of land and 3,000 feet of river frontage accessed by a 28 foot deep, maintained channel.

    Astilleros Bender currently is concentrating on ship repair and has in operation a 3,000 ton lift capacity dry dock and some 1,500 feet of river side repair facility open for business.

    AB recently completed a docking evolution and repair job for Saam Remolques S.A. De C.V. on its ship docking tug Purepecha and enjoys a certain backlog of bookings in June and July.

    Said Bender: "The current repair activity at Astilleros Bender is only the start of our involvement and corporate development in Mexico. We are currently designing a larger drydock to be constructed at AB to expand our service to customers in Mexico andthe region and intend to have it in operation within 6 months. We also are developing plans to build a new construction facility similar to what we have in Mobile. We intend to create a world-class ship repair and new construction facility in Tampico that will make internationally competitive services and products available to our customers."

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