TWO NEW METAL SHARK PILOT BOATS NOW SERVING PORT OF NEW ORLEANS

by Metal Shark Boats - published

TWO NEW METAL SHARK PILOT BOATS NOW SERVING PORT OF NEW ORLEANS
Jeanerette, LA – November 14th, 2019: Shipbuilder Metal Shark 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.
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BUILD YEAR 2015

DIMENSIONS:
Length, Overall: 12.0 m
Beam Overall (with fender): 3.0 m
Draft (full load, hull): 0.95 m
Displacement (full load): 6.400 kg
Cabin: 4, air supported seats

OPERATIONAL FEATURES
Speed (max): +27 kt
Fuel capacity: approx. 350 ltr.

HULL, DECK AND SUPERSTRUCTURE:
The boat is made of a combination of glass- and carbon fibre as
sandwich construction with PVC as core material.

FENDER:
The fender is composed of rigid foam filled profile, covered with
PUR, to guarantee maximum buoyancy. The fender has a D shape
profile to increase the internal usable beam.

DECK:
Composite deckhouse featuring seats for passengers and crew.
Both decks can be accessed from the cabin.
Removable deck sections to access bow thruster compartment and
fuel tank.
Stowage for mooring equipment.
Railings and transfer ladders.
5 mooring bites.
Foldable mast.
Decks are self bailing.
Navigational lights.
Three mooring cleats.


T E C H N I C A L

ENGINES, PROPULSION, STEERING & MANOUVERING:

1 x Volvo Penta D6 330hk
1x Craftsmann side thruster
Complete engine instruments with RPM, temperature, oil pressure
and voltmeter for start batteries supplied by engine manufacturer.

FUEL TANK:
Integrated composite approx. 350litre tank with hatch and filling
protection.
Electronic fuel gauge for tank.
All fuel systems are pressure tested.

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM & LIGHTING:
All electrical wiring in marine cable.
12-volt electrical system.
Windshield wiper with interval relay, standing position.
Internal light in cabin.
Work light, type LED.
Search light installed in front of cabin
Integrated 220V shore charge system, including 20m shore cable.
Inverter for 220V outlet in cabin
Main switches with separate battery systems for start,
navigation / consumption.

NAVIGATION & ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT
1 x 12” Chart plotters RayMarine E125
1 x Ray49E radio, 1x Ray218E radio with hailing horn
1 x closed 4 kw radome
Depth sounder
1 x Evolution autopilot
1 x Plastimo compass.
1 x Sailor VHF

SECURITY EQUIPMENT:
Automatic and manual bilge pump system.
Fire extinguisher at helmsman station. SeaFire module in
engineroom. 6 pax Zodiac liferaft.

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