Metal Shark Boats, Franklin LA

Most recent update:  June 17, 2018.


MetalShark Boats is an offshoot of Gravois Aluminum Boats, which was established by Jimmy Gravois in Jeanerette LA, in 1983 and which is a major producer of small aluminum boats.  In 2003 they were persuaded by American Marine Holdings, (AMH), to make the leap into the government market and formed Metal Shark Boats for this purpose.  In 2014, they built a wholly new yard on the Charenton Canal in Franklin for the construction of larger boats, leaving the Jeanerette facility for the smaller ones, which are too small and too numerous to be listed here.  In June 2018 they bought a competitor, Horizon Shipbuilding, which has been renamed as their Alabama division.  Visit the company at www.metalsharkboats.com and see the Franklin yard from the air on Google here. The table below is a long way from being complete: if anyone can add to or otherwise improve it, please send your info to me at timcolton@aol.com.

Hull # O.N. Original Name Original Owner Type GT Ft. Built Disposition
  1259474 Aqueos Splash Aqueos Corp. Dive Support Vsl. 83 75 17-Apr-15 Active
  1267688 Authority I Plaquemines Port Fire Boat 51 57 25-May-15 Active
  1267678 Authority II Plaquemines Port Fire Boat 51 57 12-Jun-15 Active
      Port of South LA Police Boat   75 12-Oct-15 Active
    6 boats Vietnam Coast Guard Patrol Boat   45 24-May-17 Active
    6 boats Vietnam Coast Guard Patrol Boat   45 28-Mar-18 Active
    ? boats Vietnam Coast Guard Patrol Boat   45   Building
101 1276623 HB 101/Waves of Wonder HNY Ferry Fleet Passenger Ferry 90 85 17-May-17 Active
102 1276622 HB 102/Sunset Crossing HNY Ferry Fleet Passenger Ferry 90 85 17-May-17 Active
103 1277575 HB 103/Happy Hauler HNY Ferry Fleet Passenger Ferry 90 85 17-May-17 Active
104 1277576 HB 104/Great Eagle HNY Ferry Fleet Passenger Ferry 90 85 17-May-17 Active
105 1278314 HB 105/Owls Head HNY Ferry Fleet Passenger Ferry 90 85 17-May-17 Active
106 1278313 HB 106 HNY Ferry Fleet Passenger Ferry 90 85 1-Jun-17 Active
 107 1284285 HB 107 HNY Ferry Fleet Passenger Ferry 90 85 7-Mar-18 Active
 108   HB 108 HNY Ferry Fleet Passenger Ferry 90 85 2018 Building
 109     HNY Ferry Fleet Passenger Ferry   97 2018 Building
 110     HNY Ferry Fleet Passenger Ferry   97 2018 Building
 111     HNY Ferry Fleet Passenger Ferry   97 2018 Building
 112     HNY Ferry Fleet Passenger Ferry   97 2018 Building
P-01 1280857 Potomac Taxi I Potomac River Boats Passenger Ferry 61 88 29-Sep-17 Active
P-02 1280863 Potomac Taxi II Potomac River Boats Passenger Ferry 61 88 29-Sep-17 Active
P-03 1280800 Potomac Taxi III Potomac River Boats Passenger Ferry 61 88 26-Feb-18 Active
P-04 1280799 Potomac Taxi IV Potomac River Boats Passenger Ferry 61 88 3-Apr-18 Active
      Brazos Pilots Ass'n. Pilot Boat   45 2018 Building
      New Orleans RTA Passenger Ferry   105 2018 Active
      New Orleans RTA Passenger Ferry   105 2019 Active
      FMS Sales NCPV (Defiant)   85   13 boats