Metal Shark Announces New Pilot Boat Contracts
Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark has set its sights on the pilot boat market with a range of custom-configurable pilot offerings and two new pilot boats currently under construction.
Metal Shark is currently building a 45-foot Defiant Pilot Boat for the Virgin Islands Port Authority at its Jeanerette, Louisiana production facility. At its 25-acre shipyard in nearby Franklin, Lousiana, Metal Shark is building a 64-foot Defiant Pilot Boat for the Brazos Pilots Association of Freeport, Texas. Both new Metal Shark pilot boats will be delivered in 2018.
The next-generation pilot boats were designed by Metal Shark’s in-house design team and combine proven running surfaces with modern, crew-friendly, pilot-focused features including flush decks, pilot boarding platforms and multiple fendering options. In addition to the 45-foot and 64-foot models now in production, a 55-foot Defiant Pilot Boat is also available.
The 45-foot Defiant Pilot Boat
The new vessels include Metal Shark’s signature “Pillarless Glass” pilothouses, which offer improved visibility by reducing blind spots – a key concern for pilots who operate around the clock. The forward-raked, automotive-style frameless glass allows for nearly unimpeded view from the vessels’ elevated helm stations.
“We looked at all of our options nationally and visited several boat builders along the Gulf Coast,” said Captain Daniel Blanton, President of the Brazos Pilots Association. “We chose Metal Shark because of their state of the art facilities and their ability to customize and built to our specifications at a competitive cost.”
“Metal Shark has built and delivered over 500 boats in the past three years alone,” said the company’s Vice President of Commercial Sales, Carl Wegener. “We have an enviable track record of on-time, high quality deliveries to our military, government, and passenger vessel customers, with proven reliability in the harshest environments to be found. Today we’re bringing Metal Shark’s military-honed quality to pilots, too.”