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6814 E Admiral Doyle Drive
Jeanerette , LA 70544
United States
Booth #3176

Metal Shark

Metal Shark is a diversified shipbuilder specializing in the design and efficient, high quality 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. Metal Shark offers a broad portfolio of globally proven hull designs that may be fully customized thanks to 100% digital design and an in-house team of over 60 naval architects and maritime engineers. With three fully self-contained shipbuilding facilities in Alabama and Louisiana spanning over 75 total acres, Metal Shark employs a workforce of over 500 and produces over 250 vessels a year.

Products & Services


Inland Commercial Vessels

With the acquisition of a 35-acre shipyard in South Alabama, Metal Shark has added robust steel construction capabilities to its extensive portfolio and now offers pushboats, towboats, tugboats, and other specialty work vessels, all produced with the same military-honed project management systems, serialized production methods, and quality assurance programs perfected through the delivery of over 1,000 vessels now in service worldwide. With an in-house team of over 60 naval architects and maritime engineers, and over 500 employees at three wholly self-contained facilities in Louisiana and Alabama, Metal Shark produces over 200 vessels annually, with a proud and proven track record of high quality, on-time deliveries.

Passenger Vessels

Metal Shark is a leading diversified shipbuilder specializing in the construction of passenger vessels ranging from small custom-built water taxis and excursion vessels to large passenger ferries. Metal Shark boasts its own in-house design team of over 60 naval architects and marine engineers and also partners with leading outside design firms to offer the widest portfolio of proven designs, each of which may be fully customized to suit the needs of each client. With its vast engineering capability, military-spec build processes, and considerable economies of scale, Metal Shark delivers precision vessels within tight production timeframes that few if any specialty yards can match. In the past 18 months, Metal Shark has built over fourteen 150 and 350-passenger vessels for operators in New York, Washington DC, and New Orleans, with a well-publicized record of high quality, on-time deliveries.

Fire Rescue

Metal Shark supplies custom-built fire rescue vessels to fire departments and other emergency responders worldwide. Customers may chose from Metal Shark's entire model range to assure that their vessel meets all requirements for accommodations, capacity, crew, draft, range, size, speed, and other factors.From 20' all the way to 100' and above, each Metal Shark fire rescue vessel is designed and built with direct input from the end user. The result is a custom tailored fire fighting machine specifically configured to meet the unique needs of its operating agency.

Pilot Boats

At the heart of every Metal Shark pilot boat is a durable, world-beating hull design. Metal Shark pilot boats offer best-in-class visibility thanks to "pillarless glass" technology, and are all available with multiple fendering solutions. Boarding platforms are configured per customer spec, and all railings are pilot specific. Crew accommodations such as galleys, heads, and dinettes are all built to suit.


Metal Shark is a leading supplier of military vessel fleets to the United States Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force, Army, and the militaries of partner nations worldwide. New military boats are delivered on a weekly basis, with a number of programs active at any given time.Today, Metal Shark military vessels patrol the waters across North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Metal Shark continues to win historically large defense contracts by using its formidable engineering power to solve complex design challenges and meet highly technical requirements.

Law Enforcement

Metal Shark is a key supplier of custom-built boats for state, local, and municipal law enforcement agencies, with a continually growing list of operators. Metal Shark law enforcement boats are known for their advanced, crew-friendly designs are designed to perform safely and efficiently with military-spec construction, globally-proven durability, and a focus on simplified maintenance to assure the longest possible vessel service life.

Work Boats

Metal Shark specializes in the design and production of durable workboats. From the Courageous line of utility boats to our Resolute line of skiffs, Metal Shark offers a wide range of military-tested workboat platforms. Metal Shark routinely produces custom A-frame hoisting boats, landing craft, towboats, tenders, and utility boats and boom platforms for oil spill response, utilizing globally proven designs that are simple, rugged, and reliable. Virtually any model in the Metal Shark lineup, including our Relentless collared center consoles, Defiant monohull pilothouse vessels, and Endurance catamarans, may be custom configured for specialty use.

Autonomous Vessels

Sharktech serves as an autonomous technology integrator, bridging the gap between the autonomous software developer and the shipbuilder to streamline and demystify the process of autonomous integration. Sharktech works with leading autonomous software developers to offer the full range of autonomous capabilities to operators across all markets, in turn-key form, straight from the OEM. All levels of autonomous technology, from passive-assist systems for crew-reduction, to robust installations for fully autonomous unmanned operation, have now been made available. Sharktech brings autonomous capability to the full range of Metal Shark models, from 16' all the way to 300'+.

Refit, Repair, and Conversion

Metal Shark’s 35-acre Alabama shipyard offers vessel maintenance, repair, refurbishment, and conversion services for government, commercial, and recreational operators, delivering top-quality work along with some of the most competitive labor rates in the nation. Our fully equipped, self-contained shipyard serves as a “one stop shop,” simplifying logistics and scheduling for even the most complex jobs. Metal Shark’s skilled technicians are experts in virtually all aspects of ship construction and repair, including design, fabrication (in aluminum, steel, and composite), piping, electrical, machinery, blasting, and painting.

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