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Lean Manufacturing Shipyard Opens to Meet Requirements of OPA90

Corpus Christi, Texas ??" SeaBuilders, LLC announced it is accepting orders for the first quarter of 2008 to construct 30,000 barrel and 60,000 barrel oil barges. The company also announced that it has received an initial $3 million round of funding from Harbor Bunkering Corporation of Puerto Rico.

SeaBuilders shipyard will provide the industry with much needed capacity and a new, more efficient approach to barge building. SeaBuilders is one of the few shipyards in America that has the technical and manufacturing expertise to leverage the Lean Manufacturing Process. With SeaBuilders’ Lean approach, barges are built faster, more efficiently and more cost effectively.

Lean Manufacturing is built around the process of continuous-flow processing--a departure from traditional production systems, in which large batches are processed at each step. SeaBuilders’ approach allows managers to optimize the process from beginning STEEL to final completion SIDE-LAUNCH. The SeaBuilders’ team applies lean-manufacturing practices to every aspect of manufacturing, including placing linked processes near one another, balancing employees' workloads, posting performance results, and measuring performance and productivity from the customer's perspective.

“We are delighted to offer the industry a solution ??" SeaBuilders is available to now take orders and by leveraging the Lean Manufacturing Process, we will be able to meet the pressing demands of industry to come into compliance to meet the pending requirements under the Oil Pollution Act of ’90”, said Eric Rivera, Executive Vice President of SeaBuilders.

SeaBuilders received $3 million in funding from Harbor Bunkering Corporation of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Harbor Bunkering is one of the leading fuel bunkering companies in the Caribbean. “SeaBuilders is the next generation of barge building. They are a company built from the ground up by an experienced team driven to meeting the industries’ demands,” said Alfredo Santaella Suarez, CEO of Harbor Bunkering.

SeaBuilders shipyard is located in Corpus Christi, Texas. The SeaBuilders’ focus will be to focus on the development of 30,000 barrel barges (the “C5 Series”) and 60,000 barrel barges (the “C10 Series”).

“While the marine and oil industry have worked to meet the demands for the larger barges and tankers, the barge building industry has pent up demand for the smaller sized barges with the 2015 deadline looming,” said Jack Walsh, Executive Vice President. “SeaBuilders will play a critical role in the marine and oil industries meeting the timetable with high quality barges that are delivered on time and on budget,” added Rivera.

About SeaBuilders, LLC:

SeaBuilders is located in Corpus Christi, Texas and is one of the few shipyards in America that has the technical and manufacturing expertise to leverage the Lean Manufacturing Process for barge building. SeaBuilders’ Lean approach allows barges to be built faster, more efficiently and cost effectively. The company is now accepting orders for first quarter of 2008.