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MN 100: Metal Shark Aluminum Boats

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6814 East Admiral Doyle Drive Jeanerette, LA 70544 Telephone: 337-664-0777 E-mail: Website: Owner: Jimmy Gravois President: Christopher Allard Number of Employees: 160 The Company: Established in 1986, Gravois Aluminum Boats and its government/commercial entity Metal Shark Boats are leading suppliers of welded aluminum boats for defense, law enforcement, and commercial entities. Customers include the U.S. Coast Guard, Navy, Army, Air Force, the militaries of partner nations worldwide, and a growing list of state and local law enforcement agencies.   The Case: Metal Shark has entered the shipbuilding sector with a new 25-acre shipyard, maintaining in excess of 110,000 SF of combined manufacturing space (both yards), and a full slate of new builds underway. In addition to its established offerings of aluminum vessels, Metal Shark now produces custom passenger ferry, fast crew, utility, and pilot boat vessels up to 250’ LOA. Metal Shark maintains its own staff of in-house naval architects. Vessels may be customized to suit any applicable requirement. (As published in the August 2014 edition of Marine News -

Metal Shark Awarded $192M Coast Guard Contract

the 28-foot RB-S is powered by twin 225-horsepower (hp) Honda outboards.

Louisiana Manufacturer will Replace Coast Guard's Small Response Boat Fleet.      Metal Shark Boats has been awarded a contract to replace the U.S. Coast Guard's fleet of Response Boat - Small (RB-S) vessels. Up to 470 boats will be delivered across the Coast Guard fleet, with an additional 20 boats will be available to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, with another ten slated for purchase by the U.S. Navy

Chinook Aluminum Cruiser Delivered

The William E. Munson Company delivered a 32 ft. Chinook welded aluminum cruiser to Ed Robinson's Diving Adventures. Powered by twin Volvo KAD43 diesels, coupled to Volvo dual prop drive legs, the USCG certified 15-passenger dive boat has a top speed of 45 mph light and 40 mph fully loaded. Outfitting includes port and starboard side dive doors, large stern dive platform with two flip out dive ladders, aluminum tank rack for 30 dive bottles, tropical style open-backed wheelhouse with sunroof

Feature: Aluminum Boats Prove Their Mettle

By John Simpson, Editor, Aluminum Now and Michael Skillingberg, VP, Technology, The Aluminum Association, Inc. Aluminum has been used in the marine industry for more than 100 years because of its light weight and ease of fabrication combined with good corrosion and fatigue resistance. However, for much of the past 30 years, fiberglass has been the material of choice of North American boatbuilders, particularly for higher-volume production lines

Willard to Build Ukrainian Navy Patrol Boats

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Willard Marine, a builder of composite and aluminum boats, has received an order to supply the Ukrainian navy with four aluminum patrol boats, with an option for a fifth. Under the contract, issued by the U.S. Navy Foreign Military Sales (FMS) office, Willard Marine is supplying two SEA FORCE 11-meter and two SEA FORCE seven-meter aluminum patrol boats, each with an open cockpit configuration. An additional seven-meter patrol boat will be supplied upon request.

Palfinger Secures Follow-up Order from Sentinel

The FRSQ 1000 daughter craft by PALFINGER BOATS (Credit Palfinger)

Palfinger Boats, Palfinger Ned-Deck and their partner Outreach Ltd. have secured a follow-up order from Sentinel Marine Ltd. The delivery of Sentinel Marine Ltd's fast rescue and aluminum daughter crafts order for four emergency response and rescue vessels (ERRVs), led to the company's announced letter of intent (LOI) for Outreach to be involved in the sale of an additional four ERRV ship sets. The Four ERRVs, equipped with two Boats and two suitable davits

Zamil Offshore Orders Crew Boats from Grandweld


In yet another sign that the offshore oil and gas business in the Middle East continues to grow at breakneck speed, Grandweld Shipyards won a contract to design, build, and deliver three 33.5M Fast Aluminum Crew Boats for Zamil Offshore. The contract was signed by Sufyan Al Zamil, President of Zamil Offshore (pictured left) and Jamal Abki, General Manager of Grandweld Shipyards. The 33.5M fast crew boats will be powered by 3 high speed diesel engines driving 3 fixed pitch propellers to

Kvichak Names Kirby as Proposal Manager

Kevin Kirby, Kvichak proposal manager.

Kvichak Marine Industries in Seattle Washington announces the appointment of Kevin Kirby as their new proposal manager.   Kevin has been with Kvichak for over 2 years as a project lead engineer.  His most recent projects include the recently launched 67’ Connor Foss Pilot Boat, a 54’ hydrofoil catamaran, the 30’ Rapid Response Skimmers and the Bridge Erection Boat prototypes currently undergoing testing by the US Army

Grandweld Shipyards Awarded Contract for Wesal Shipping


Grandweld Shipyards has been awarded a new contract to build 42M Aluminum Crew Boat for Wesal Shipping which was signed on the 9th October 2012. This contract follows the successful delivery of the 41M Aluminum Crew Boat which Grandweld delivered to Wesal Shipping early in October 2010. The 42M Aluminum Crew Boat is a heavily modified version of the 41M, and is designed to reach a speed in excess of 25 knots and includes luxury seating, accommodation for VIP guests

Grandweld Delivers Aluminum Crew Boat


Grandweld Shipyards delievered “Zamil 101” the first of three fast aluminum crew boats to Zamil Offshore. The vessel was part of a contract, which was signed in November 2011, to build and deliver three sister crew boats. The 33.5m fast crew boat is powered by 3 high speed diesel engines driving 3 fixed pitch propellers to produce a speed of 27 Knots. The vessel is designed and built according to the classification rules and requirements of Bureau Veritas for Aluminum vessels

Crewboat Delivered to Caspian Marine

Photo courtesy of Incat Crowther

Built Built by Austal Ships, Rashid Behbudov, sistership to the Muslim Magomeyev and the second Incat Crowther 70m Catamaran Fast Crew Boat, has been delivered for Caspian Marine Services.   Muslim Magomayev, the first of this design developed by Incat Crowther

Miller to Showcase Welding Solutions at International WorkBoat Show

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Miller Electric Mfg. Co. is showcasing welding equipment technologies to enhance quality, productivity and cost savings in the shipbuilding industry during the International WorkBoat Show at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, November 30 to December 2

St. Lawrence Seaway Shipments Steady in September

Photo courtesy of City of Milwaukee

“Notable increases were reflected in the export of wheat, corn and soybeans from the U.S. Ports of Duluth, Milwaukee and Toledo during the month of September,” said Betty Sutton, Administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation.   

Lind Marine Acquires Moose Boats

Photo: Moose Boats

Lind Marine, a Petaluma, Calif. dredging contractor which provides tug and barge services throughout the San Francisco Bay area, has acquired Moose Boats, an aluminum commercial boat building company.   Lind Marine currently operates a five-acre shipyard including a 430ft dry-dock and 1

MN100: Blount Boats, Inc.

Marcia Blount (Photo: Blount Boats)

The Company: Over time, the Blount shipyard has built more than 365 vessels. Today, Blount Boats’ clients include Fire Island Ferries, Casco Bay Island Transit District, Puerto Rico and Municipal Islands Maritime Authority, Spirit Cruises, Circle Line Statue of Liberty (Hornblower)

MN100: Brunswick Commercial and Government Products

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The Company: Brunswick has been in the business of building boats for commercial and military applications for more than fifty years. From its beginnings as an arm of the legendary Boston Whaler brand to now – part of Brunswick Corporation

MN100: Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation

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The Company: For more than 60 years, Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding has built steel and aluminum commercial vessels. Located on 6.5 acres on the deepwater Taunton River in Somerset, Mass., the family-owned and operated shipyard counts more than 417 vessels built as proof of its longevity and vessel

MN100: Metal Shark Boats

Photo: Metal Shark Boats

The Company: Metal Shark is a leading shipbuilder specializing in the design and production of boats and ships for military, law enforcement, fire rescue, and a wide spectrum of commercial applications. At its facilities in Franklin and Jeanerette, Louisiana

MN100: All American Marine, Inc.

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The Company: All American Marine Inc. was founded in 1987 and specializes in the construction of custom tailored aluminum boats from 30 to 150 feet LOA. Today, the company has become a leading builder of high speed passenger catamarans, survey craft, and research vessels

MN100: MAN Engines & Components

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The Company: MAN Engines and Components develops, produces and sells a wide range of efficient diesel and gas engines for extremely varied applications in many industries.    Primary Product / Service: MAN offers a wide range of high-speed four stroke diesel engines for commercial

ASIS Delivers First 9.8m Amphibious RIB

Amphibious Craft (Photo: ASIS)

Following the success of the ASIS Amphibious RIBs 7.1 and 6.1m, and in response to popular demand; ASIS just developed, tested and delivered its biggest amphibious RIB ever manufactured yet; A 9.8 meter Black Rigid Inflatable Amphibious boat. Amphibious RIB Boat

New Tour Boat for Argosy Cruises

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All American Marine, Inc. (AAM), together with Argosy Cruises of Seattle, Wash., has signed a contract for the construction of a 125-foot aluminum monohull tour boat for operation in Puget Sound’s Elliott Bay.   This project will mark the first keel laid at All American Marine’s

MN100: MetalCraft Marine Inc.

(Photo: MetalCraft Marine Inc.)

The Company: MetalCraft Marine Incorporated is a fully integrated designer and manufacturer of custom high performance fire, rescue, patrol, research, and other specialized work boats. The company is the North American industry leader in the design and manufacturing of high speed aluminum

Partnership Yields Next-gen Versatile Workboats

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Naval Architect John Kecsmar of Ad Hoc Marine Designs is now working with Aluminium Marine Consultants (AMC) to offer a range of uniquely designed, versatile SWATH workboats.   Kecsmar possesses many decades of experience working and designing in shipyards in all things high-speed and is a

Vigor Delivers Two Pilot boats to M.E.

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Vigor expanded its growing portfolio of international sales with the delivery of two, 19m all-weather pilot boats to The Port of Duqm Company (PDC), SAOC, Sultanate of Oman. The Port has been undergoing a major multiphase expansion and the new pilot boats will play a key role in ensuring the

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