Historic, Modernized Miami Shipyard Finalizes Massive Renovations, Bringing Jobs and Economic Development to Downtown

Date: Thu, Feb 28, 2019


RMK Merrill-Stevens is evolving into a catalyst for development in downtown Miami and positioning themselves as a top service provider in the industry.

Located on the Miami River 15-minutes from the Miami International Airport and Miami beaches, Merrill-Stevens was the first shipyard in the State of Florida. In November of 2013, the shipyard was acquired by Rahmi M. Koç, who was determined to restore the yard to its former standing as a worldrenowned shipyard while investing in technology and development. Aaron Leatherwood was named President and CEO of RMK Merrill-Stevens in October 2016, and is overseeing operations and renovations as the company transitions into a modern shipyard.

Over $25M has been invested in the North and South Yards, which will operate as separate businesses. The yards will usher in new business, and jobs in Miami. “The renewed interest in the Miami waterfront
is driving massive new developments,” says Leatherwood. “We are seeing more high-end riverront residences, marina expansions and renovations, improved riverfront parks, restaurants, social venues, and the incredible River Landing waterfront mall which will soon open adjacent to the completely modernized RMK Merrill-Stevens yacht repair and superyacht refit facility,“ he continues.

Scheduled to open mid-2019, the new North Yard will feature a state-of-the-art 2,700T shiplift. With stem-to-stern capability, the yard will also include an updated facility, on-site crew lounge, shore power
supply of up to 650 amps and the most advanced environmental protection system in the state. A new subterranean water filtration system will clean and reuse runoff water, setting a new standard for shipyards seeking to not only maintain, but improve local waterways.

Located directly across the Miami River from the North Yard, the new South Yard will focus on repairs and refits for large cruisers and sport fishing boats. The yard is equipped with a 100T travel lift, part dealers and fabrication shops.

The investment in the shipyard will also bring jobs to downtown Miami. An estimated 100 new positions between the two yards will open, including jobs for technical engineers, marine procurement specialists, skilled tradesmen, yacht quality finish painters and others. Candidates are invited to submit their applications online by visiting http://www.rmkmerrill-stevens.com/careers. RMK Merrill-Stevens is a storied shipyard with a bright future – bringing new jobs and opportunities to superyacht owners, the Miami community and the marine industry.