SeaArk Marine Delivers First Five Patrol Boats Of Ten-Vessel Contract

SeaArk Marine, Inc., (formerly MonArk Boat Company) Little Rock, Ark., has delivered the first five high-speed patrol boats of a 10-vessel contract to El Salvador under a $3.7-million contract, according to company vice president John Smith.

SeaArk personnel will provide training in boat and systems operations, safety procedures, boat care and maintenance, and electrical repairs and maintenance. The remaining boats were scheduled for delivery last month.

The contract was awarded in December 1987 by the Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., and funded by the U.S. Military Assistance Program. SeaArk personnel determined the vessel requirements after visiting San Salvador and meeting U.S. and El Salvador Navy officers.

The multi-mission craft will be used for coastal, harbor and riverine protection against insurgencies and boundary violations. In addition, the craft will also perform Coast Guard, police and customs law enforcement.

Each patrol boat is 41 feet in length, 13 feet abeam, has a draft of 4 feet 3 inches and trial speed of 27 knots. Each is powered by a pair of Caterpillar 3208TA diesel engines, each rated at 345 hp, and Twin Disc MG507 gears.

The vessels are equipped with a full suite of electronics and two 50-caliber machine guns and two 7.62 mm machine guns.

The design of the patrol boat features a deep vee hull constructed of welded marine grade aluminum alloy 5086.

The superstructure houses berthing quarters for four and has galley facilities, allowing for 24-hour patrol missions.

SeaArk Marine builds patrol boats, fire boats, survey vessels, personnel and passenger launches, and custom-built multipurpose workboats ranging from 17 feet to 50 feet in length.

More than 50 boats are currently under construction for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Forest Service, three American universities, various state, county and municipal agencies, and two major oil companies, in addition to several international contracts.

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