As the star of Discovery’s ‘Dirty Jobs’ series, Mike Rowe has tried his hand at all kinds of jobs, from digging wells and shearing alpacas to making tofu and washing windows on a high-rise building.
This weekend, the show will feature shipbuilding and the Gulf Coast’s maritime industry as Rowe visits Coden, Ala.-based Master Boat Builders Inc. to explore what it takes to build workboats. In particular, Rowe will highlight tugboats, one of Master Boat Builders’ specialties and an indispensable element of deep-draft vessels calling on the nation’s seaports.
“What an incredible opportunity it is to have Mike Rowe and the Dirty Jobs team right here in our community to showcase to America the essential work performed by our shipyard workers both in our area and across the nation,” said Garrett Rice, president of Master Boat Builders. “The shipbuilding industry plays a vital role in the Gulf Coast’s economy. Right now in our shipyard alone, we have dozens of opportunities open from ship-fitters to project engineers and many exciting opportunities in between, and our industry is ready to hire the next generation of the shipbuilding workforce.”
The episode featuring Master Boat Builders will air on Discovery and discovery+ on Sunday, January 16, at 7 p.m. (Central). Type #DirtyJobs on social media for more updates.
Master Boat Builders was founded in 1979, and the shipyard specializes in building tugboats, offshore supply vessels, fishing vessels and dive support vessels. Just a month ago, Master Boat Builders began construction on Crowley’s eWolf, which will be the first all-electric ship-assist tugboat built in the United States.The 82-foot tugboat is expected to go into service in 2023.