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January 14, 2022

Steiner Shipyard Delivers Mv. Steven Sikes To FMT

It is always a pleasure to work with our friends at Florida Marine Transporters, LLC! Congratulations on your new towboat, mv. Steven Sikes!

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October 1, 2021

Louisiana Machinery Co., LLC acquires the NAPA Auto Parts Store in Livingston, Louisiana

Louisiana Machinery Co., L.L.C. announces the acquisition of the NAPA Auto Parts store located in Livingston, Louisiana. This acquisition further expands Louisiana Machinery’s NAPA store ownership to four statewide locations with existing retail/wholesale stores in Leesville, DeRidder, and Winnfield, Louisiana.

Sally Boyce Rinehart, Louisiana Cat’s President of the Machine Division, recently stated, “We are excited to announce the strategic acquisition of the NAPA Auto Parts store in Livingston. This acquisition further complements Louisiana Cat’s supply chain by widening our available product offering, providing additional inventory depth, expanded geographic retail/wholesale store coverage and further enhancing our light, medium and heavy duty automotive and truck business related services. Additionally, it strengthens our ability to expand our Hydraulic Rebuild and Hose product lines in order to better service our equipment customers in the Florida Parishes.”

Rodney Morales, Louisiana Cat’s General Parts Manager, stated “Louisiana Cat has been very pleased with our Leesville, DeRidder and Winnfield NAPA locations acquired in December 2008 and 2011. Our goal is to provide the highest level of service to our entire Louisiana Cat customer base and this has allowed us to do exactly that”.

For more information about Louisiana Machinery’s NAPA stores contact:
James Bayer
NAPA Auto & Truck Parts
P.O. Box 26
Leesville, LA 71496

July 29, 2021

With A. Thomas Higgins, E.N. Bisso & Son builds on what works

We are proud to partner with our friends at E.N. Bisso & Son, Inc to provide two Tier 4, Cat® 3512E main engines for their latest tug, the A. Thomas Higgins. Check out Professional Mariner’s article to learn more about the project!

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May 2018

CAT® Simulators Give CM Students Insight Into Project Management

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May 27, 2017

Gov. Edwards And Louisiana Machinery Executive Troy Matherne Announce 60-Job Expansion At New Iberia Facility

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February 2017

New passenger vessels for DC and New Orleans

Rendering of the 105’ 149-passenger aluminum catamaran vessel that Metal Shark will produce under a two-boat contract for The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority. Metal Shark photo.

Metal Shark, Jeanerette, La., has been awarded two separate contracts to build passenger vessels for Alexandria, Va.-based Potomac Riverboat Co. division of Entertainment Cruises, and for the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority.

For Potomac Riverboat Co., Metal Shark will produce four 88′, high speed/low wake, 149-passenger aluminum catamarans. The new passenger vessels will provide commuters in the Washington D.C., metro region with service between Old Town Alexandria, Va.; National Harbor, Md.; and Georgetown and The Wharf in Washington D.C. Entertainment Cruises is the U.S.’s largest dining and sightseeing cruise company, with a fleet of 30 vessels operating in more than a dozen major U.S. cities, according to Metal Shark.

For the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA), Metal Shark will build two 105’x25′, high speed/low wake, 149-passenger aluminum catamaran ferries, which are designed to improve passenger comfort and convenience, operating economy, safety, and environmental friendliness on New Orleans ferry routes. Currently RTA operates two ferries built in 1977 and 1937 to transport New Orleans-area passengers across the Mississippi River.

The vessels for both projects were designed by BMT Designers and Planners, Alexandria, Va., drawing from the company’s extensive portfolio of proven low-wake, low-wash hull forms. Both vessels are Subchapter T compliant and have been designed to combine passenger comfort with fuel efficiency and low environmental impact.

Metal Shark will begin deliveries of vessels to Potomac Riverboat in 2017 and to the RTA in 2018.

“Efficiently producing multivessel orders of sophisticated design within tight timeframes is what we do best,” Carl Wegener, Metal Shark’s director of commercial sales, said in a statement announcing the projects. “With our large in-house team of engineers and project managers, we’re able to take complete design packages to the next level, ensuring high quality construction and delivering great value to our customers.”

With a draft of just under 4′ from the ultra low-wake BMT Nigel Gee hull, the aluminum ferries for New Orleans will be powered by pairs of Caterpillar C18 Acert, Tier 3 diesel engines, producing 500 hp at 2,100 rpm each. Maneuverability will be enhanced by a set of bowthrusters and ship’s service power will come from a pair of 55 kW gensets. (Manufacturers of the gensets and bowthrusters have not been announced.) The boats’ propulsion packages should give them running speeds of 22.5 knots. The ferries will feature enclosed pilothouses with large windows for maximum visibility, climate controlled main cabin, port and starboard side boarding, and three bathrooms.

There will be interior main deck seating for 125, exterior main deck seating for 26, two wheelchair tie-downs and accommodations for 10 bicycles and two scooters. Crew will include one master and two deckhands. Capacities will include 1,057 gals. of fuel and 132 gals. fresh water. The new boats will be USCG certified, Subchapter T.

The two awards represent the latest multi-vessel passenger ferry construction projects for Metal Shark’s Franklin, La., shipyard, which opened in 2014 and is currently expanding to meet increased production volume. In 2016 Metal Shark was awarded a contract to produce multiple high-speed aluminum catamaran ferries for New York’s CityWide Ferry System, which are currently being built alongside other projects at the yard.

“These newest awards are the result of extensive collaborative efforts between Metal Shark, BMT, and our newest customers, Entertainment Cruises and RTA,” said Metal Shark’s CEO Chris Allard. “All of us at Metal Shark are honored to have been selected to produce these state-of-the-art passenger vessels that will serve New Orleans and the Washington, D.C. area for years to come.”

Rendering of the 88’,149-passenger aluminum catamaran vessel that Metal Shark will produce under a four-boat contract for Potomac Riverboat Company, a division of Entertainment Cruises. Metal Shark photo

Ken Hocke ~ WorkBoat Magazine