LEEVAC is a leading Louisiana Shipyard and Shipbuilder located near the Gulf of Mexico.
Over the past century, LEEVAC has built a strong reputation as a steel fabrication and US shipyard for providing the highest quality design, construction and repair services in the maritime industry for a wide range of steel-hulled vessels.
Originally founded in 1913, LEEVAC has been under its current ownership since 1965. LEEVAC Industries, LLC, LEEVAC Shipyards, LLC and the newly formed LEEVAC Shipbuilding and Repair Calcasieu, LLC (collectively referred to as "LEEVAC”) is a full-service US shipyard that features state-of-the-art facilities, the latest technology, steel fabrication and highly skilled craftsmen that set us apart from other shipbuilders or maritime construction firms. Over the years our company has designed, fabricated and repaired vessels including, but not limited to, offshore supply vessels (OSV), platform support vessels (PSV), crew boats, supply boats, oilfield specialty and research vessels, inland and oceangoing tug boats and barge vessels – as well as commercial fishing vessels, workboats, casino boats, excursion and passenger vessels. We can also provide specialized vessel repairs for liftboats, dredge boats and more. In addition, LEEVAC has designed and built quarter units (man housing units) as well as drydock projects.
LEEVAC's main new vessel construction facility is located on the Mermentau River approximately five miles east of Jennings, Louisiana. LEEVAC also owns the former site of SBA Shipyards that is located approximately 2.5 miles south of the main yard on the Mermentau River. In September 2010, LEEVAC also opened a vessel repair facility on nine acres, 1,100 feet of bulkhead in deepwater occupied in the Port of Lake Charles LNG plant turning basin.
If you have questions or would like any additional information about LEEVAC and the services we provide, please contact us at 337-824-2210 – or feel free to visit our facilities anytime.
Since its inception, LEEVAC has served virtually every aspect of the commercial maritime industry. However, our company's core business is the design and fabrication of offshore supply vessels and offshore platform vessels. We have the capabilities to build these specialized vessels ranging from 160 feet to 300 feet in length, with hull widths from 45 to 60 feet and hull depths up to 26 feet. These vessels are built to international specifications and have been deployed worldwide. Our vessels also meet all safety requirements and regulations including the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), United States Coast Guard (USCG), International Maritime Organization (IMO), Bureau Veritas (BV), Det Norske Veritas (DNV), firefighting (FIFI) organizations, the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), and other pertinent regulatory needs. In addition, we have a naval architect on staff to help ensure that all safety and certification requirements are met.
Our company's specific offshore oilfield industry experience ranges from building standard supply boat configuration vessels for well stimulation to remote operated vehicles (ROV), cable reel applications, deployment vessels, dive vessels, lightering support vessels, seismic vessels, anchor handling vessels and towing vessels, among others.
LEEVAC also has significant experience and capabilities with specialized vessels and technologies including dynamic positioning (DP1, DP2, DP3), diesel electric vessels, methanol systems, liquid mud, bulk mud, Z-drives, split rudder systems, multi-point monitor systems, polar class, fiber optic wiring and advanced painting technologies. In addition to building steel-hulled vessels, LEEVAC has the capabilities for aluminum fabrication as well.
Through the years, LEEVAC has served a broad range of customers stretching from the U.S gulf coast to Alaska and across America from coast to coast. Many of the companies we serve are among the most prominent in the oilfield exploration services, construction and transportation, excursion and gaming, and commercial fishing industries. Some of our major customers include Tidewater Marine, Hornbeck Offshore Services, AET Offshore, Seacor, Gulfmark, Seabulk, Cal Dive International, Candyfleet Offshore, Edison Chouest, Pinnacle, Hollywood Gaming, Horseshoe Casino, Ameristar Casino and International Protein. Any of these customers can tell you why LEEVAC is the leading steel fabrication and USA shipyard.
LEEVAC has maintained its position as one of the most productive and profitable shipyards of its size in the USA due to our ability to deliver quality work on time and on budget. Our company successfully survived the decline of the oilfield service industry in the 1980's by diversifying our capabilities into other industries – and we are well positioned to provide strong operating results well into the 21st century.
One of the strengths of our company is our depth of management experience. The average age of LEEVAC's senior management is 53 years. Their average length of service in the steel fabrication and US shipyard industry is 30 years. And their average length of service with our company is 25 years. With such highly skilled managers who have experience in a broad range of shipbuilding, marine engineering and repair work, LEEVAC offers a management team that is unsurpassed in the industry.
LEEVAC also holds an impressive array of valuable assets that we put to work for our customers. In addition to our main vessel construction facility
and secondary shipyard (LEEVAC South) near Jennings, LA – and our repair yard in Lake Charles, LA
– LEEVAC owns and operates an array of heavy machinery including eight mobile cranes and a 200-ton transport vehicle. Our fabrication shop houses a computer-aided plasma arc cutting machine, panel line and pipe spooling fabrication operation. The facility also features a 4,200-ton side launch system capable of launching a 700' vessel. In addition, LEEVAC South features a 400' X 80' graving dock – and our repair yard features a 3,500-ton floating drydock.
LEEVAC also has significant experience and capabilities with Government and Military
Sealift Command vessels and state operated ferry boats.
For all these reasons and more, LEEVAC is recognized as a leading provider of high quality engineering, steel fabrication, construction, repair and conversion services for virtually any type of ship or vessel. The bottom line is that if it is designed in steel and fits our parameters of infrastructure, we can get the job done. That is why our company motto is "We Make It Happen” for each and every one of our customers. Contact us to find out why LEEVAC is the leader in USA shipyards and shipbuilding.