New aluminum catamaran
technology is being introduced into the U.S. Virgin Islands, where they are embracing the catamaran concept.
The Virgin Island Department of Planning and Natural Resources/Police has placed in active service its first aluminum catamaran, manufactured using patented-protected technology, by Mission Marine, Ltd., in Sandusky, Ohio. The boat is based at the DPNR/Police facility in St. Thomas.
The Mission 338 has the capability for extended offshore patrol and is a multi-agency craft that serves a variety of missions including DPNR, Police/Law Enforcement, Fisheries, SAR, Homeland Security, Drug Enforcement, and Port Security.
This Mission 338 also has the added feature of a hydraulic patent-pending bow ramp and is powered by twin Mecury Verado 275 hp outboards, which give it shallow water capabilities.
Mission Marine, Ltd. delivered the vessel and provided a one-day on-water training session.
Even though the boat is a law enforcement vessel, because it is a catamaran, many recreational boaters turned out to take a closer look at it.
At one time, aluminum catamaran high speed ferries were only seen in Australia and New Zealand
but now are seen world-wide.