Last Updated on Tuesday, 8 August 2023, 12:51 by Denis Chabrol
Port News reports that the Offshore Patrol Vessel was designed by Metal Shark’s in-house engineering team and built at the company’s Franklin, Louisiana production facility for the Guyana Defence Force.
Last week Metal Shark hosted members of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) for the launch of the GDF’s new Metal Shark 115 Defiant patrol vessel “GDFS Berbice,” (1039), the shipbuilding firm said.
Designed by Metal Shark’s in-house engineering team and built at the company’s Franklin, Louisiana production facility, the new 115 Defiant is being acquired via direct purchase.
Upon completion the new craft will join eight other Metal Shark vessels currently in service with the GDF.
Metal Shark is a leading shipbuilder specializing in the design and production of boats and ships for military, law enforcement, fire rescue, and a wide spectrum of commercial applications. At three fully self-contained facilities in Alabama and Louisiana, Metal Shark manufactures vessels in aluminum, steel, and fiberglass, with current capabilities supporting production for vessels up to 300’ in length.
Best-known for the vessel fleets it produces for the U.S. Armed Forces and allies around the globe, Metal Shark has expanded its focus to include state, local, and commercial operators across a wide range of markets. Today, the Louisiana-based company produces a wider range of specialty vessels than perhaps any comparable yard. Key markets served include fire rescue, law enforcement, military, passenger vessels, pilot boats, various workboat operators, recreational, and other specialty operators.