Metal Shark reaches construction milestone for ferries


(JEANERETTE, La.) — Metal Shark has delivered its 30th passenger vessel since June 2017. The company’s newest ferry delivery – a 97-foot, 350-passenger, U.S. Coast Guard Subchapter K welded-aluminum, high-speed, low-wake catamaran – was handed off to its operator last week and will soon enter service.

The new passenger vessel is the latest delivery from Metal Shark’s Franklin, La., shipyard. Five 150-passenger catamaran ferries are currently in various stages of construction at the yard in its own dedicated assembly line.

In the past three years, passenger vessels built by Metal Shark have been delivered to Washington, D.C., Florida, New Orleans, and multiple operators in the state of New York.

“To achieve this extraordinarily high volume production of passenger vessels, we adapted and incorporated the now-proven serialized production methods that we initially developed to build patrol boat fleets for the U.S. military,” said Metal Shark CEO Chris Allard. “Today, Metal Shark’s passenger vessel customers enjoy the benefits of our military-honed quality, formidable engineering strength, large and highly skilled work force, and unmatched economies of scale. We leverage these resources to assure the repeatable on-time delivery of high-quality passenger vessels to our customers.”

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By Professional Mariner Staff