MetalCraft Marine had a big week last week, signing a contract with the U.S. Navy for 45 8-meter (26.25') Interceptor model patrol boats and 20 12-meter (39.2') Interceptors. The new boats will be Force Protection Small (FPS) and Force Protection Large (FPL) boats that will be stationed at U.S. military bases around the world. The contract is worth more than $43 million.

In addition, the Navy picked up an option for 14 more boats MetalCraft is building on an existing contract. The shipyard also signed contracts for two boats for a naval installation facility and two fireboats. Details of those contracts were not released.

Bob Clark, MetalCraft’s contracts manager, said it was the shipyard’s “biggest week ever.”

In a prepared statement concerning the new Navy contract, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., said the new contract will allow MetalCraft Marine’s Watertown, N.Y., shipyard to add new jobs in Jefferson County.

“MetalCraft Marine and its workforce have proven time and time again that they can provide superior products to the federal government, so it’s no surprise that the Navy picked them for this important work,” said Schumer. “The is contract will not only help protect our troops across the globe, but it will also boost the North Country’s economy. As MetalCraft plans to add jobs locally to support this new demand, I will continue to work with them to help secure future agreements like these.”

Ken Hocke has been the senior editor of WorkBoat since 1999. He was the associate editor of WorkBoat from 1997 to 1999. Prior to that, he was the editor of the Daily Shipping Guide, a transportation daily in New Orleans. He has written for other publications including The Times-Picayune. He graduated from Louisiana State University with an arts and sciences degree, with a concentration in English, in 1978.

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