Metal Shark bites into the pilot boat market; Chesapeake Shipbuilding, Vane Brothers ink another tug deal

Metal Shark bites into the pilot boat market
December 21, 2017 —Jeanerette, LA , headquartered shipbuilder Metal Shark has set its sights on the pilot boat market with a range of custom-configurable pilot offerings and two new pilot boats currently under construction. Metal Shark is currently building a 45-foot Defiant Pilot Boat for the Virgin Islands Port Authority at its Jeanerette production facility. At its 25-acre shipyard in nearby Franklin, LA, Metal Shark is building a 64-foot Defiant Pilot Boat for the Brazos Pilots Association of Freeport, TX.

Chesapeake Shipbuilding, Vane Brothers ink another tug deal
This new order will bring the total number of tugs to 20 that have been built by Chesapeake Shipbuilding for Vane Brothers since 2007. Design and construction on the new tugs will begin immediately in Chesapeake Shipbuilding’s hull fabrication buildings.
Gulf Island to build tug for Seaway Development Corporation

The multi-purpose tug will be designed to provide icebreaking/ice-management services on the St. Lawrence Seaway, handle aids to navigation, and push SLSDC’s two buoy and gate lifter barges. The tug will also be capable of secondary roles in ship assist, fire-fighting, and pollution response.
Wartsila set to expand underwater hull cleaning services with acquisition

Wärtsilä has agreed to acquire Trident B.V., a Netherland based company specializing in underwater ship maintenance, inspection, and repair services. The move would make Wärtsilä the first global operator in the underwater services market.
Ferry operator to put intelligent awareness system to the test

Momentum towards applications of autonomous and remotely operated vessels continues to build. Under a recent deal, Rolls-Royce and Japan’s Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) will collaborate in the development of its intelligent awareness system on board 165 m passenger ferry Sunflower.