BAE Systems is working to expand into the offshore drilling market and will soon begin to build two new supply ships for a rig operator at its shipyard in Jacksonville, Fla., Jacksonville.com reported March 7.
The website reports that BAE could hire around 120 workers to help build the 252-foot ships at its commercial shipyard. The company’s contract includes an option for it to build a third ship in the future.
“This is a new move for BAE Systems in Jacksonville,“ BAE spokesman John Measell told Jacksonville.com. “I think you're seeing an expansion in the energy sector, altogether… it's worldwide.“
BAE is posting help wanted advertisements in publications across several states and is looking to the market to generate more revenue as the Navy likely winds down maintenance and repair spending.
For more on local reception of the plans, read David Bauerlein‘s full coverage.