Our strength lies in our employees.
We employ the best and the brightest
in the shipyard industry.
Colonna's Shipyard is located in the historic Berkley section of Norfolk and is the oldest continuous family owned and operated private shipyard in the United States. We were founded in 1875 by Charles J Colonna, a 26 year old ship carpenter using money that he had borrowed. Because money was short on supply, early business was limited to pier-side repairs. Within 2 years, Charles had added his first marine railway that had a lift capacity of about 40 tons and was powered by two horses.
Although over 140 years old, Colonna’s Shipyard has not stood still with respect to modernization. Colonna’s has made the capital investments necessary for improvements in efficiency and productivity. Colonna’s Shipyard is building an additional Floating Drydock (planned 2017). It will have a Lifting capacity 11,500 metric tons, an overall length of 595 feet, inside width 108 feet and plans are to be operational in early 2017.
Piers, Drydocks and Railways
Our facility provides our customers the most efficient and cost effective lay out of pier space, dry-dock, railway, support shops, boat yard and administrative offices in a single and well-equipped location.
Colonna's Fabrication Shop
State of the art Machine Shop Facility with lathes, boring mills, shapers and planers capable of handling shafts up to 150 ft. long with a 40 inch swing and weighing up to 120 tons.
Nation's Largest Marine Travel Lift
Colonna's is home to one of the Nation's largest Marine Travel Lift that can support up to 1,000 mt. We also have various cranes and lifts that can lift up to 230 tons.
Respect, Pride, Truth and Family
The success of Colonna's Shipyard and our employees are built on our core values and our employees hold the highest level of each one.
Colonna's Shipyard values the environment and engages in eco friendly business practices.