Work ramping up at the shipyard
The shipyard has been in Clarenville since the 1940s.
It was the birthplace of the infamous Splinter Fleet built in the 1940s to bring goods and services to coastal areas.
In the 1970s, longliners for the inshore fishing fleet were built here, and various vessels — including this province’s most famous schooner, The Norma and Gladys — were fixed up in this yard.
Lately, Burry’s Shipyard has been busier than ever.
There are 11 contracts currently ongoing at the shipyard, which has anywhere from 75 to 100 employees in the yard and office at various times.
Whalen says there are six to eight more boats waiting to come in for repair.
“That’s just the way it is,” he said. “When you do the work you’re doing and your name gets out there and you do good work, it just snowballs.
“That’s what seems to be happening.”
Some of the employees include welders, marine diesel mechanics, millwrights, machinists and electricians.
The company also has its own machine shop and a foundry, producing anodes that are shipped across the country and even to the United States. They also have a new mobile repair service and a crane service.
Some of the ongoing projects include decommissioning barges for Long Harbour and Voisey’s Bay projects, as well as many fishing vessel repairs and inspections.
The M.V. Sikuk, currently at the yard, is an iceberg harvester from Iceland.
Many people may not realize that Clarenville is home to a very active and busy shipyard.
Burry’s is located on Marine Drive, a street that’s doesn’t see as much traffic as the busier Memorial Drive and Manitoba Drive commercial districts.
However, the shipyard is a significant part of the local economy and bucking the trend of economic gloom with lots of work to do and more work to come.
This article was edited from a previous version.