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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. The $192 million contract is one of the largest boat buys of its kind for the Coast Guard, and provides a significant economic boost to the state of Louisiana. To better manage the increase in manufacturing requirements, Metal Shark plans to expand its 65,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Jeanerette while increasing its production team of skilled aluminum welders, rigging and electronics experts, and installation professionals from 80 to 120 employees over the next six months. A New Breed of Coastal Security Based on Metal Shark's exceptional Defiant platform, the 28-foot RB-S is powered by twin 225-horsepower (hp) Honda outboards for speeds exceeding 40 knots with a minimum range of 150 nautical miles. RB-S meets all Port Security Grant requirements and is ideally-suited for port and waterway enforcement, search and rescue operations, drug and coastal interdiction, environmental and other law enforcement missions
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
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
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
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 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
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
Larry Wieber's Aluminum Chambered Boats Inc. (ACB) has maintained a low profile during its first four years of operation. With a growing demand for security craft, and ACB's stellar performances in front of government buyers, his company's success is now Bellingham, Washington's worst kept secret. by Greg Trauthwein Personal sacrifice and pain often accompany success. Larry Wieber never knew the pain part would be literal, not figurative.
The Onondaga County Department of Drainage and Santiation recently chose an aluminum Workskiff 23 to house water sampling equipment on Lake Onondaga, near Syracuse, N.Y. The boat will be equipped with instruments and equipment for water sampling to monitor improvement in water quality. Sanitary Engineer Nicholas Capozza said the boat will be equipped with struts off the side with pulleys to handle water sampling gear, sampling gear
Moose Boats, a designer and builder of aluminum boats, has delivered a Moose M2-37 security and patrol vessel to the Oakland Police Department to provide expanded patrol duties at the Port of Oakland in addition to shallow draft response for Oakland’s waterfront. The procurement by City of Oakland was funded by U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s 2010 Port Security Grant Program. The vessel is stationed at Jack London Square and will provide security patrol for
Louisiana-based aluminum boat manufacturer Metal Shark Aluminum Boats LLC has been awarded a contract to produce up to 350 specialized vessels for the United States Navy. The fixed-price contract is for the construction of the Navy’s High Speed Maneuverable Surface Target (HSMST) vessels
Incat Crowther announced the opening of an office in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, created to meet the growing demand for Incat Crowther’s products and services in South America while placing Incat Crowther at the center of the South American Offshore Oilfield industry.
US Department of Defense has issued the following Navy contracts for construction of high speed maneuverable surface targets (HSMSTs). The contracts are awarded to Silver Ships Inc., Theodore, Ala. and Gravois Aluminum Boats LLC, doing business as Metal Shark Aluminum Boats LLC, Jeanerette, La
Kvichak Marine Industries, Inc. was recently awarded a contract by Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation (NSEDC) to build an all-aluminum 66’ Shallow Draft Tender to be used for multiple fisheries in and around Norton Sound, Ak.
Viking Welding & Response Marine, Inc. have recently completed a 36’ research vessel, which is being used in United States Coast Guard Academy coursework this fall. Christened the Michael J. Greeley Spirit of ’61, the vessel was largely funded by gifts from the Academy class of
Bowhead Transport, LLC has recently awarded Nichols Brothers Boat Builders a contract to construct a new 150 by 50’ Landing Craft. The landing craft will operate in Arctic coastal villages of the North Slope Borough of Alaska and between the Pacific and Arctic oceans.
New Zealand waterjet manufacturer HamiltonJet said four of its HT900 waterjets were selected for IncatCrowther’s latest project - a first-of-type 70m Catamaran Fast Crewboat for operations in the Caspian Sea oil industry in Azerbaijan.
Members of Coast Guard Station Tybee Island held a ceremony at the station Tuesday to recognize the arrival of their newest response boat. Along with the Station Tybee Island crew, members from Coast Guard Sector Charleston, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, the mayor of Savannah, Ga
Aleris announced it now offers 5083–H128, the newly developed aluminum alloy temper for marine applications that meets the new standards for marine plate as specified in ASTM's B928-13 standard. ASTM is an internationally recognized standards organization that develops and publishes
Nicholas Brothers Boat Builders has been awarded a new vessel contract to build a 115’x47.5’ 23-Car, 100 passenger ferry for Wahkiakum County. The ferry will operate between existing ferry terminals to Puget Island in Cathlamet, Washington and Westport, Oregon.
As with most island nations, New Zealand is heavily dependent on ferries. By this time next year, there will be a new ferry added to the Auckland-based Fullers Group fleet. Currently being constructed at Q-West Boat Builders Ltd. on the Wanganui River
PT-728, one of the few remaining examples of the torpedo-armed fast attack craft that helped America win WWII, is no ordinary boat. To help move the vessel carefully, HOSTAR Marine used a hydraulic yard trailer. Portraying various sister boats
Finnish survey company FCG (Finnish Consulting Group) Ltd. has placed an order for a new GRP survey boat from Blyth Workcats Ltd of Canvey Island, U.K. The 14-meter catamaran will be known as the Nordic Sonar and it is now being built to meet the specialized needs of the FCG survey teams
A U.S. Coast Guard air crew assisted the Canadian Coast Guard in locating an overdue boater early Monday morning in the vicinity of Bassett Island in northeastern Lake St. Clair. Just before midnight Sunday, a search-and-rescue controller at the Coast Guard 9th District command center
Canada Metal (Pacific) Ltd. delivers sustainable and efficient products for demanding commercial marine applications. Its wide range of Martyr magnesium and aluminum anodes contain no traces of toxic cadmium, a distinction that earned CMP a place on the upcoming Europort show's Green Route