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Eastern Shipbuilding Group Launches Latest Vessel

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Two years of labor for the Eastern Shipbuilding facility are finally completed.

Wednesday was the launch of the Harvey Deep Sea vessel at the Allanton Shipyard. Hundreds of workers and their families gathered around to watch the christening and the launch.

The 302-foot, $85 million ship will be commissioned into the Gulf of Mexico and will have the capabilities to handle 102 tons at a depth of 10,000 feet accurately and safely.

President of Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Brian Disernia, says they have built over 300 ships using local workers and that has an important economic impact.

"The construction of this vessel involved hiring local citizens from Panama City, Bay County and Northwest Florida. America can do it. Were doing it, and in doing so were providing jobs for ourselves, members of our communities, and their families," said Disernia.

The ship will remain in Bay County for outfitting until next June.