Metal Shark Alabama Delivers Tugboat to Florida Marine Transporter
Metal Shark’s Bayou La Batre, Alabama shipyard has delivered its third 120’ x 35’ river towboat for Florida Marine Transporters Inc of Mandeville in Louisiana. The four-decked, welded-steel, USCG Subchapter “M”-compliant towboat “Gianna Hull” was designed by John W Gilbert Associates, Inc. The vessel’s twin Cat marine diesel engines deliver over 2,000 HP each and turn 100” x 69” stainless steel propellers through Twin Disc reverse reduction gears with a 6.56:1 ratio. Sleeping accommodations and facilities have been provided for a nine-person crew.
Metal Shark is a diversified shipbuilder specializing in the design and construction of welded aluminum and steel vessels from 16’ to over 300’ for defense, law enforcement, and commercial operators. Key customers include the United States Marine Corps, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, Army, foreign militaries, law enforcement agencies, fire departments, passenger vessel operators, pilot associations, towboat operators, and other clients worldwide. With three fully self-contained shipbuilding facilities in Alabama and Louisiana USA plus a dedicated engineering facility in Croatia, Metal Shark’s 500+ employees produce over 200 vessels per year with a proud and proven track record of high quality, on time deliveries.