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Metal Shark has delivered two new pilot boats to New Orleans-based Belle Chasse Marine Transportation LLC (BCMT). Both vessels are now operating on the Mississippi River, providing service to BCMT’s Port of New Orleans clients.
Designed in-house by Metal Shark and built at the company’s Jeanerette, La., production facility, Jet 1 and Jet 2 are 45′ welded aluminum Defiant-class monohull pilothouse vessels featuring an proven hull design, according to shipyard officials. The vessels feature a deck arrangement designed for pilots and customized to meet BCMT’s specific requirements.
Powered by twin Cummins Marine QSM11 diesel engines coupled with HamiltonJet HJ322 waterjets, Jet 1 and Jet 2 demonstrate pinpoint maneuverability while delivering a cruise speed in excess of 30 knots and a top speed in the 40-knot range.
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