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“The VMA is a strong advocate for the maritime industry and more businesses like Colonna’s and we are fortunate in the region and the Commonwealth to have such a strong industry association,” says Bob Boyd, Vice President for strategic growth and development of Colonna's Shipyard.

Colonna’s Shipyard, One of the Region’s Oldest Maritime Companies, Looks to the Future

Forty-five years before the Virginia Maritime Association came into existence (1920), one of its longest-tenured member companies was already hard at work along the Norfolk waterfront.

That’s because, in 1875, Charles J. Colonna founded Colonna’s Shipyard and created a business – and a legacy – that now spans nearly three centuries.

Today, Colonna’s maintains a sprawling campus on 120 acres in Norfolk and a team of around 700 employees. The company is proud to be a “1920” sponsor of the VMA2020 anniversary celebration and show its support for the association’s many years of dedicated service to the state’s maritime industry.

Today, the Colonna’s team, including Bob Boyd, vice president for strategic growth and development, has the company positioned for growth in several verticals. Much of the work remains focused on ship repair, but over the past two decades Colonna’s has branched out into large-scale machining and steel fabrication.

Colonna’s also operates “down river” in Mayport, Jacksonville and a new location in San Diego. The team continues to partner with commercial clients (ex: tug/barge, ferries and fishing vessels) and government ones (ex: Navy, Army and NOAA).

“We have made several key decisions to grow in different sectors and locations,” says Boyd. “We hope in the next several years to realize the potential of those strategic moves.”

Boyd says Colonna’s is happy to support the VMA because the organization drives the conversation that protects maritime interests across the Commonwealth.

“The VMA and its staff do a fantastic job advocating and staying out front on key issues,” said Boyd. “We are blessed to have such a strong industry association.”

As he looks to 2020 and beyond, Boyd believes projects like deepening the channel (a key VMA initiative) are critical to ensure a bustling Port and, in turn, increased business opportunities for the maritime industry.

“Busy waterways mean Colonna’s will benefit like everyone else,” he said. “We’re grateful to the VMA for paving the way and look forward to the next 100 years.”

"The VMA and its staff do a fantastic job advocating and staying out front on key issues. We are blessed to have such a strong industry association.""

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Ashley McLeod

Ashley McLeod

Vice President of Communications and Membership
Virginia Maritime Association
(757) 628-2678

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