The Port has signed a lease with Fairhaven Industrial Marine Repair to occupy 16-acres of marine industrial property in Fairhaven beginning this month. The Port’s new tenant will use the site as a base for marine, road and rail construction activities throughout the Pacific Northwest including Whatcom County, Skagit County and Alaska. The company will immediately bring 20 full time jobs to the Port with plans to grow its workforce by expanding shipyard and terminal related activities and providing additional opportunities in heavy marine construction.
The Port has been searching for a working waterfront employer to occupy the site since the former shipyard went bankrupt due to financial challenges associated with operations in California. The Fairhaven property offers deep water access, an industrial pier, marine rail and over 80,000 square feet of covered work space. Fairhaven Industrial Marine Repair will utilize the entire site and create new family-wages jobs for Whatcom County residents.