• 2019 November 16 10:18

    Metal Sharks delivers pilot boat duo to BCMT

    Shipbuilder Metal Shark says it has delivered two new pilot boats to New Orleans-based operator Belle Chasse Marine Transportation, LLC (BCMT).

    Designed in-house by Metal Shark and built at the company’s Jeanerette, Louisiana production facility, “Jet 1” and “Jet 2” are 45-foot welded aluminum Defiant-class monohull pilothouse vessels featuring an extensively proven hull design. The vessels feature a unique deck arrangement designed for pilots and customized to meet BCMT’s specific requirements.

    Both vessels were recently delivered and are now operating on the Mississippi River, providing service to BCMT’s Port of New Orleans clients.

    Like all of Metal Shark’s Defiant-class pilot boats, the climate-controlled pilothouses of BCMT’s new vessels feature Metal Shark’s signature “Pillarless Glass” for significantly improved visibility, in a reverse-raked arrangement developed specifically for pilot operations. Visibility is further augmented by the vessel’s elevated, centerline helm position, and large overhead skylights that provide upward visibility while approaching and operating alongside moving ships.

    Fully flush non-skid decks allow for unimpeded access around the vessel, and hand rails have been placed within easy reach of all crew, inside the cabin and outside on deck, at all times. Low-level LED pathway lighting enhances safety during nighttime operation. The vessel’s large, functional swim platform, plus easily accessible Jason’s Cradle, dive ladder, and throwable life rings, are intended to assure quick and safe crew retrieval in the event of a man overboard situation.

    Designed in close collaboration with the client, the new vessels feature a unique rooftop pilot boarding arrangement with retractable platforms allowing for both port and starboard pilot boardings. Lower forward port and starboard platforms and integrated foredeck stairwell, all with carefully-placed grab rails, allow for safe and secure transfer in the widest possible range of scenarios.

    Powered by twin Cummins Marine QSM11 diesel engines coupled with Hamilton HJ322 water jets, Jet 1 and Jet 2 demonstrate pinpoint maneuverability while delivering a cruise speed in excess of 30 knots and a top speed in the 40 knot range. A urethane-sheathed, closed-cell foam Wing collar provides durable and resilient fendering. Shock-mitigating seating has been provided for a crew of five, and anti-fatigue floor covering has been provided in the pilothouse and the belowdecks crew spaces. Additional features include a galley, enclosed head compartment, v-berth, and large walk-in mid-cabin storage compartment.

    “By combining our military-proven hull designs with modern, crew-friendly features, we are delivering smarter and more user-friendly pilot boats that simply work better than the industry’s legacy product offerings,” said Metal Shark’s CEO Chris Allard. “We continue to task ourselves to deliver improved platforms that deliver improved comfort, efficiency, reliability, and safety to our customers.”

    “These two new vessels are part of Metal Shark’s fully-realized, next-generation pilot boat lineup that now includes 38’, 45’, 50’, 55’, 64’, and 75’ offerings,” said Metal Shark’s Vice President of Commercial Sales, Carl Wegener. “Like the other Metal Shark pilot boats now in service, these newest vessels represent the latest thinking in pilot boat design. We invite pilots from coast to coast to visit us at the upcoming International Workboat Show in New Orleans, where we’ll be showing off one of these new Belle Chasse pilot boats.”

    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 Coast Guard, Navy, 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.




2019 December 10

13:56 Gazprom Neft expands lubricants production abroad
13:30 Bunker prices are almost flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
13:03 DFDS has acquired 100% of the Dutch logistics company Huisman Group
12:45 Throughput of Russian seaports in 11M’19 grew by 2.7% to 766.83 million tonnes
12:24 Research vessel Admiral Vladimirsky of RF Navy's Baltic Fleet reaches the Atlantic Ocean
12:03 APM Terminals Gothenburg takes another major step in their jour-ney towards climate neutrality
11:30 Ships powered by electricity can prove to be more economically efficient than ships running on LNG – Aleksey Rakhmanov
11:26 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Dec 10
11:02 New low-sulphur bunker oil popular in the port of Rotterdam
10:25 Pella Sietas secures construction of icebreaker of ice class "Icebreaker7" and largest single order in company history
10:21 Igor Belousov, rescue vessel of RF Navy's Pacific Fleet, concluded its visit to Vietnam
09:59 Baltiysky Zavod concerned about possible delay in construction of Ural icebreaker amid slow delivery of turbines
09:32 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.17% to $64.14, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.22% to $58.90
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,551 points
09:08 CSSC and DNV GL sign new strategic cooperation agreement
08:07 Alewijnse delivers complete portfolio on AMELS 60
07:54 Tramarsa purchases Damen Cutter Suction Dredger for 30-year strategy of expansion

2019 December 9

18:24 Lead chemical carrier of Project 00216М, PortNews, to be delivered as scheduled – USC President
18:06 Vard Marine supports New York’s Gowanus repowering project through design package for two power barges
17:53 Navigation season of 2019 closed in Volga Basin of Russia’s IWW
17:36 Oldendorff Carriers announces its membership in the Getting to Zero Coalition
17:19 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 7,795 in RF spot market
17:06 Bahri joins Maritime Anti-Corruption Network to promote collective anti-bribery efforts in maritime sector
16:48 Delo Group and ROSATOM defined procedure for acquisition of 30-pct stake of MC “Delo”
16:30 Puerto Aguadulce services largest vessel to dock in Colombia
16:14 GT Morstroy expands its fleet with jack-up platform of Project RCP 250, Varzina
16:01 His Majesty the King to open Johan Sverdrup
15:57 Risk Intelligence signs agreement for the Risk Intelligence System with Hafnia
15:50 Port of Liepaja (Latvia) handled 6.67 million tonnes of cargo in 11M'2019, down 3.2% Y-o-Y
15:27 Lead hydrographic survey vessel of Project 23370G completed state trials
15:03 Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore revokes Inter-Pacific Petroleum bunker supplier licence
14:35 MSC becomes first major shipping line to use 30% biofuel blends
14:32 Teachers of Marine College upgraded their skills at Marine Recruiting Agency
14:03 ABS grants AIP to Deltamarin and GTT for dual-fuel Newcastlemax design
13:11 Martin Ackermann steps down as CEO of BW LPG
12:28 Oboronlogistics provides stability of the ferry line Ust-Luga — Baltiysk
12:04 Rotterdam to host 4th European Environmental Ports Conference on 24-25 June 2020
11:40 BIMCO to publish new shortened law and arbitration clause
11:16 BIMCO submits biofouling survey results to IMO
11:09 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Dec 09
10:53 Industry roundtable meeting feeling more positive on IMO 2020
10:31 New and largest DFDS ro-ro ship 'Hollandia Seaways' sails between Gothenburg and Ghent in North Sea Port
10:09 REMPEC hosts a three-day training in Tekirdağ, Turkey
09:29 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.39% to $62.14, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.52% to $58.89
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,558 points

2019 December 8

16:47 ABS and CINS facilitate development of risk-based approach to minimize risk of container fires
15:32 Sea Machines & HamiltonJet collaborate to merge capabilities of autonomous control and jet propulsion systems
14:46 GWS installing turbines at Northwester 2 Offshore Wind Farm
13:22 Norsepower collaborates with SWS for cost and energy efficient VLCC designs
12:14 Grieg Star adds 64000dwt bulk cargo carrier to its fleet
11:05 ABS grants AIP for first Jones ACT SOV

2019 December 7

16:55 USCG Cutter Steadfast returns to port after 60-day counter drug patrol
15:42 TEN announces charter extension for an LNG carrier
13:08 FMT and Indian Register of Shipping sign MOU on strategic cooperation
11:34 AET secures long-term DPST charter contracts with Shell
10:37 Titan LNG tenders for 8000 cbm LNG bunker barge

2019 December 6

18:11 Lithuania aims to ensure state management of „Rail Baltica“ infrastructure
17:55 More operative services of towboats in the Port of Klaipėda
17:28 Acceptance/delivery certificate for Kalas, first rescue tugboat of Project MPSV12
17:06 APM Terminals Gothenburg takes another major step in their journey towards climate neutrality