The Jacksonville Area Ship Repair Association was founded in 2005 when corporate officers of individual private sector shipyards decided that such an organization would be beneficial and provide a platform for the ship repair community. Membership was extended to ship repair subcontractors, suppliers, and support service companies. At the first general meeting the Board of Directors were unanimously voted into office by the members. They were as follows: Bob Birtalan, Atlantic Marine, Inc., Gary Million, North Florida Shipyards, Mayport Division, Steve Jenkins, Moran Environmental, Joe O’Conor, Earl Industries, Bob Wilson, North Florida Shipyards, Commodores Point, Earle Yerger, Marine Hydraulics International, Inc., Mike Pitocchi, L3 Communications / PacOrd, Herschel Vinyard, Atlantic Dry Dock Corporation, and Mike Whalen, Specialty Marine. Officers were appointed by the board as follows: President, Bob Birtalan, Atlantic Marine, Inc., 1st Vice President, Gary Million, North Florida Shipyards, 2nd Vice President, Steve Jenkins, Moran Environmental, Secretary, Joe O’Conor, Earl Industries, Treasurer, Bob Wilson, North Florida Shipyards.
Currently, the Jacksonville Area Ship Repair Association represents approximately 50 member companies.
The Jacksonville Area Ship Repair Association's purpose is to maintain high professional standards in the South Atlantic and Jacksonville, Florida ship repair industry; to promote competition within the industry; to serve its member companies in the private sector; to promote the interest of the ship repair industry by educating the general community; to establish and maintain the integrity of the ship repair industry in the stated geographical area; to encourage the use of the goods and services of the members of the Corporation; to advance, encourage, promote, increase and protect, by any and all legitimate methods, the interests of South Atlantic ship repair companies, especially in respect to the ship repair industry; to use and employ any and all legitimate means and influences to procure business and other advantages to its members; to encourage the location of new ship repair work in the vicinity of the South Atlantic area; to improve the local conditions and facilities connected with ship repair and commerce; to acquire, compile, disseminate and preserve useful information; to advertise in any and every legitimate manner the advantages of South Atlantic states; to provide and maintain offices, club quarters and other rooms or places for carrying out the above mentioned purposes, for encouraging closer social relations among those engaged in ship repair, and for stimulating interest and activity in matters pertaining to the commercial welfare, progress and prosperity of the members and the cities of the South Atlantic region; to provide training individuals for employment in the ship repair industry, and to do any and all things deemed beneficial or necessary to carry out any of the foregoing purposes.