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Shipyard Report: Construction & Repair

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know we can support.? Notably, Silver Ships has provided, on a global basis, military, municipal and commercial users with work and patrol vessels for more than 27 years. METAL SHARK SUPPLIES PATROL BOATS TO MANY NATIONS Greg Lambrecht, vice president at Metal Shark Boats, said the Jeanerette, La. company plans to deliver a vari- ety of boats to foreign militaries and governments over the next few years, including 26-foot riverine patrol boats, 28- foot pilothouse patrol boats in outboard and diesel con g-uration, 33-foot center console patrol craft with outboard propulsion, 38-foot pilot-house patrol boats in outboard and diesel con guration. ?We?ll also deliver 40- to 60-foot intercept and patrol boats that are in different stages of negotiations with multiple countries.??These boats are being delivered to countries in the SO- COM, AFRICOM and PACOM geographical regions,? he said. A majority of these contracts are through U.S. FMS. ?Our backlogs are largely dependent on the size of the contract or number of boats,? Lambrecht said. ?While smaller contracts are usually completed within the contract year, larger contracts span multiple out years, especially when options are exercised.? Lambrecht added, ?Providing quality vessels and sup- porting our international customers will continue to lead us to follow-on contracts. In the international patrol- boat market, we compete with manufacturers around the world, but in the government-supported FMS competi- tion is almost exclusively U.S. companies.? Clearly, Metal Shark ? heavily involved with building U.S. Coast Guard small craft ? is watching the sequestration situation, but also protects its bottom line with a diversi ed contract list. WILLARD MARINE CATERS TO CLIENTS UNDER FMSAt Willard Marine, Inc. in Anaheim, Ca., president C.J. Lozano said ?We have a series of boats under the FMS Navy program, including 7-meter RIBs, 9-meter RIBs and 11-meter RIBs, for delivery to the Philippines, Lebanon and Ukraine through 2013. Our boats for the Philippines are already in country, and we?re deploying personnel to do training there. Boats will be delivered to Lebanon early this summer and to Ukraine in the fourth quarter. We?re also working to do more direct sales with other countries.? ?We do have a work backlog,? Lozano said, but gave no details. As for competition with foreign shipyards for sales outside the FMS, he said ?If a country wants a very inexpen- sively made boat, we don?t build to those low standards. Our boats are built to last. We don?t bid on lower-quality speci-  cations,? and he added, ?some foreign buyers need to be educated about new technologies and new speci cations.? MN March2013 Layout 32-49.indd 41MN March2013 Layout 32-49.indd 413/5/2013 11:06:45 AM3/5/2013 11:06:45 AM

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