In July of 2016, Metal Shark was chosen by Hornblower New York to build passenger vessels for New York’s CityWide Ferry System. Six of the Incat Crowther-designed, 149-passenger, high-speed / low-wake aluminum catamaran ferries are currently being built at Franklin. Metal Shark’s proven track record in the serialized production of complex vessels played a key role in landing the contract. In early 2017, Metal Shark will begin delivering a passenger ferry to Hornblower approximately every two weeks. Metal Shark has used its role in one of the largest domestic ferry builds in history to showcase its impressive capabilities to a global audience. In January, 2017, Metal Shark was awarded a contract to build passenger vessels for Entertainment Cruises’ Potomac Riverboats division. Four of the 26-meter, 149-passenger ferries, which were designed by BMT Designers & Planners, will be built by Metal Shark at Franklin. Click here to learn more about Franklin’s passenger vessel construction capabilities.
Metal Shark’s Franklin yard offers the unmatched benefits of an in-house engineering team composed of over a dozen naval architects and marine engineers. Metal Shark leverages this formidable resource to create its own highly specialized and thoroughly engineered vessel designs and also to interface seamlessly with outside engineering firms to assure precision results. Metal Shark works with leading design firms including Incat Crowther, BMT Designers and Planners, BMT Nigel Gee, One2Three Designs, Marine Design, Jutson Design, Damen Shipyards and others to offer technologically advanced vessels that are custom-tailored to meet exacting customer requirements. Metal Shark goes above and beyond, utilizing extensive 3D modeling to allow the project to be realized in advance, greatly facilitating planning, resource allocation, and an exact interpretation of each vessel’s design for precision, quality results. Metal Shark backs up this engineering strength with the support of highly capable, industry veteran project managers who are tasked with keeping each project on time and on budget.
To meet growing needs, Metal Shark has commenced construction of a fully enclosed, 200’ x 80’ large vessel assembly building enabling weather-independent construction of vessels up to 180 feet in length. Additionally, a new stand-alone office building with over 8,000 sf of space for Franklin executive, engineering, project management, and administrative personnel is being built. Both buildings will be up and running by Q2 2017.
Situated on the Charenton canal, Metal Shark’s Franklin shipyard offers direct unobstructed deepwater access to the Gulf of Mexico. The yard is located immediately off Louisiana Highway 90 for easy over-the-road transport of large components, and the site plan offers ample room for future growth. Franklin currently supports aluminum, steel, and composite shipbuilding for vessels up to 250’.