Metal Shark: Company Overview

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 its facilities in Franklin and Jeanerette, Louisiana, Metal Shark manufactures vessels in aluminum, steel, and fiberglass, with current capabilities supporting production for vessels up to 250’ 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.


Metal Shark is an engineering-centric company with a large in-house design team of naval architects and marine engineers. Metal Shark offers a full portfolio of its own designs, including Endurance catamarans, Defiant monohull pilothouse vessels, Fearless stepped-bottom high-performance vessels, Relentless collared center consoles, Courageous workboats, and Resolute skiffs. Each of these is 100% digitally designed and may be fully customized to suit a wide range of mission profiles. 


In addition to the diverse lineup of models designed by its in-house team of naval architects, Metal Shark works with leading naval architectural firms to offer passenger ferries and other specialized vessels.

The Metal Shark story is one of careful, calculated growth driven by continual reinvestment in the company’s people, facilities, and technology. Today, Metal Shark fields a workforce of over 250 employees spread across two facilities, with nearly 1,000 vessels in service worldwide. Each component of every Metal Shark is digitally designed, router cut, and assembled to precise tolerances utilizing industry-leading technologies and construction methods.

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Today, Metal Shark operates two separate manufacturing facilities in Iberia Parish and St. Mary Parish, Louisiana. From design, cutting and bending, welding, paint, rigging, and sea trial / testing, the company controls all aspects of production in-house. Click to learn more about Metal Shark’s Design, Construction, Innovation, and our Franklin Shipyard and Jeanerette Headquarters & Production Facility.