Jeanerette, LA – October 20th, 2021: American Ship Review has selected the Metal Shark 70 Defiant Fireboat as its “Ship of the Year” for 2021. Designed in-house and built at Metal Shark’s Franklin, Louisiana shipyard for Canaveral Fire Rescue in Cape Canaveral, Florida, the ultramodern, American-made 70’ x 22’, 3,600-horsepower “Fireboat 2” dramatically increases maritime response capability at busy Port Canaveral, which moves approximately 6 million tons of cargo per year, counts SpaceX and Blue Origin among its key tenants, and recently became the nation’s first liquid natural gas (LNG) cruise terminal with the arrival of the LNG-fueled Carnival cruise ship Mardi Gras.
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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 Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, 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. www.metalsharkboats.com