The following is the text of a news release from Metal Shark Aluminum Boats:
(JEANERETTE, La.) — Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark has delivered a 75-foot multipurpose port security vessel custom-built for the Port of South Louisiana.
Based on Metal Shark’s Endurance-class catamaran design, this welded aluminum vessel incorporates sophisticated technology to support fire rescue missions, command and control (C2) operations, and around-the-clock port security efforts at the largest tonnage port in the Western Hemisphere.
Twin Cat C-18 diesel engines in a conventional straight-shaft inboard configuration propel the 75 Endurance’s stable and efficient catamaran hull to cruising speeds of 25 knots while yielding a nominal operating range of over 500 miles.
For firefighting, two dedicated drive engines channel up to 6,000 total gallons per minute through an oversized water main where electronic valves divert water to three radio frequency-controlled monitors. Four additional 2.5-inch hydrant connections and a 400-gallon foam reservoir provide maximum flexibility across the full spectrum of firefighting needs.
With a spacious pilothouse offering 360-visibility and comfortable below-deck quarters offering bunking capacity for six or more crewmembers, the 75 Endurance is fully equipped to stay on station for extended periods. A state-of-the-art command and control suite facilitates multi-agency coordination during emergency response events, and a positive-pressure chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive (CBRNE) ventilation system affords ample crew protection in disaster response situations.
"Our 75 Endurance is the most advanced fireboat design on the market, incorporating crew-friendly features and advanced systems throughout,” said Metal Shark President Chris Allard. “Metal Shark is honored to have been selected by PSLA to deliver this new vessel. We trust that this new Metal Shark will meet PSLA’s needs, help keep their port secure, and potentially save many lives for years to come.”
A product of Metal Shark’s Franklin, La., shipyard, the 75 Endurance can be custom-configured to suit a wide range of mission profiles. Metal Shark offers the vessel with a wide range of power and propulsion systems, including conventional inboards, waterjets and pods, to meet various performance requirements. Virtually every vessel feature, from firefighting equipment and capacity, onboard systems, general arrangement, berth capacity, etc., can be adapted to suit the needs of individual customers and agencies. In addition to port security and fire rescue, the 75 Endurance may be configured for dive support, law enforcement, defense, and numerous commercial markets. Endurance-class vessels are available from 45 feet and up.