Fairlead acquired the 12.5-acre site of the former Ocean Marine and Yacht Center in Portsmouth, VA on August 8, 2019. The new facility is officially branded Fairlead Structures and will be used to support the marine industrial base for both our commercial and government customers.
Fairlead strategically chose this location along the southern branch of the Elizabeth River to support the East Coast Fleet and our maritime partners. With the addition of this new facility comes increased capabilities. The state-of-the-art facility boasts such features as a 1,250-ton NAVSEA certified Synchrolift capable of hauling vessels to 235’ via ground level rail transfer system, and an impressive 2-bay paint and repair building (250’L x 140’W x 80’H) capable of housing, repairing, and painting vessels simultaneously. The bays offer a cascading water wall wash-down system, smooth paneled walls, overhead and recessed surround lighting, pressurized ventilation system, and heated floors for year-round operation. Housed in a separate 4-bay shop building is fully-equipped, machine, electric, structural, fiberglass and small boat shops. The new site offers 1,500’ of dockage for dockside service.