Metal Shark newbuild on transfer duty for Oregon operator

(JEANERETTE, La.) — Metal Shark recently delivered a welded-aluminum 45 Defiant crew boat to Anchorage Launch Services Co., an Oregon-based operator providing launch, line, pilotage and cargo services to vessels on the Columbia and Willamette rivers.

Designed in-house by the Metal Shark engineering team and built at the company’s Jeanerette, La., production facility, the 47-by-12-foot, twin-diesel waterjet-powered Triumph VII is now in service.

“Our captains, crew and passengers have all been very impressed with the capabilities of our new vessel,” said Alex Scott, chief operating officer at Anchorage Launch. “With an extra emphasis on safety, performance and passenger accommodations, it is clear that Metal Shark paid close attention to the details. The bar has been raised, and our local market is busy taking notes.”

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The Metal Shark 45 Defiant pairs a proven hull form with a modern, crew-friendly, mission-optimized arrangement. Built for Anchorage Launch in a bespoke crew boat/pilot boat configuration, the vessel features flat, non-skid decks that run from bow to stern to facilitate quick and secure crew and passenger movement around the vessel.

A rugged fendering system absorbs impacts, a bow push knee adds utility, and an integrated swim platform with dive ladder and removable aft-deck davit aid in dive and rescue operations. Safety rails and grab handles have been placed throughout the craft, and a rooftop boarding platform has been configured to suit the client’s requirements.

Triumph VII features an innovative pilothouse that includes Metal Shark’s signature “pillarless glass,” with a reverse-raked windshield that significantly reduces blind spots. A skylight array provides an unobstructed upward view while operating alongside ships during crew or supply transfer.

The vessel’s climate-controlled cabin has been appointed with UES G-Force high-backed seating for eight, accommodating a two-person crew plus six passengers. A full electronics suite includes multiple Furuno multifunction displays with integrated GPS, radar, depth sounder, a FLIR thermal imaging system, and Icom VHF radios.

Below deck, crew accommodations include an enclosed head compartment with freshwater sink, a dinette and galley with compact refrigerator and microwave. Acoustic insulation and flooring are employed throughout the vessel to reduce noise and vibration.

To meet the client’s performance requirements, Metal Shark equipped Triumph VII with twin 705-horsepower Cummins QSM11 marine diesel inboard engines mated to HamiltonJet HJ-364 waterjets via Twin Disc gears. This combination delivers a cruise speed in the 30-knot range and a top speed approaching 40 knots. A 500-gallon fuel capacity allows for a cruise speed range in excess of 300 nautical miles. Electrical current is supplied via a 9-kW Kohler diesel generator.

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By Rich Miller