A huge crowd gathered at the Eastern Shipbuilding Allanton Shipyard to watch the launch of "Harvey Deep Sea"
"She's a 302 foot, deep water construction vessel, appropriately named the ‘Harvey Deep Sea," said Brian D'Isernia, the president of Eastern Shipbuilding.
This is the 10th ship Eastern has built for New Orleans-based Harvey Gulf International Marine.
The $85 million vessel took about two years to build, but the real story is the financial impact the project has had on the local economy.
"The construction of this vessel involved hiring local citizens from Panama City, Bay County and Northwest Florida,” said D'Isernia.
The jobs do not end with Wednesday’s launch; Eastern has contracts for several more vessels.
And the workforce is the largest it has been in the company's history.
"We're working on 10 other 300 foot, not construction vessels, but oil field platform supply vessels,” D'Isernia said.
"Harvey Deep Sea" will undergo several months of sea trials, and more construction before it is delivered to Harvey Gulf International in June.