• Design
        • The most significant opportunities to impact the cost of building and operating a ship are found in the design and engineering phase.

          Initial Design  |  Basic Design  |  Detailed Design

        • Build
        • Even a smaller shipbuilding project is immense in scope and scale. Manage the challenges that are unique to ship construction.

          Prepare  |  Fabricate  |  Assemble

        • Maintain
        • With the majority of a ship’s life taking place after it’s been built, it’s crucial to ensure that the organization has a clear picture of the vessel at all times.

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        • Nexus
        • SSI Nexus is the place where users, creators, & implementers of SSI software get together. Here they discuss best practices & industry trends, tackle common challenges, gain access to the latest software, and provide input into the future of the products that bring them together.

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        • SSI MyLearning is where SSI users can access detailed training exercises, materials, courses, and certifications. The self-directed training curriculum ensures that training happens on your schedule and when you need it most.

        • SSI Blogs
        • The SSI blog is your place to get insights into the intersection of shipbuilding and technology, how our industry is moving forward, and keep up with SSI news. It’s the only place to read the latest from Denis Morais and Darren Larkins, SSI’s co-CEOs.

          Lighthouse Waveform  |  Shipbuilding Solutions

        • ShipConstructor
        • Engineering information is a shipbuilder’s most important asset. Getting that information to fit your business means using a solution that is built to handle shipbuilding’s unique challenges and information requirements throughout each stage of a vessel’s lifecycle.

        • EnterprisePlatform
        • Every process in a shipyard requires data. Seamlessly sharing that data across tools in the correct format needed allows for meaningful, actionable information to be consumed throughout the organization. Providing the freedom to choose the tailored tools required for a shipbuilding project.

        • ShipbuildingPLM
        • ShipbuildingPLM is the only product lifecycle management (PLM) platform that is specifically built for the business of shipbuilding. It allows your shipyard to manage and organize information, understand change, build a foundation for digital innovation, and support MRO activities – without the risks and costs of traditional PLM implementations.

        • Company
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        • Clients
        • See the industry leaders who trust SSI.

        • Careers
        • Help us make the business of shipbuilding possible.

June 18, 2019
Client News

Metal Shark vessels can be seen worldwide in the hands of defense, law enforcement, and commercial operators. The Jeanerette, LA based company has recently expanded beyond their three shipyards in Alabama and Louisiana by opening its first location outside of the United States – an engineering office in Croatia. 

Alongside expansion bringing new opportunities, it also brings new challenges. Distinct locations, even if they operate autonomously, can benefit from information and knowledge that flows throughout the organization. For Metal Shark, ensuring that each facility was fully integrated with the rest of the organization in a way that allowed for seamless collaboration and communication was key. 

Brazos Pilot. A 64’ x 19’ Defiant-class monohull pilot boat designed by Metal Shark 

“Over the past year, we realized the need to expand our design software in an effort to increase overall design efficiency and integration between our three shipyards.” Said Gil Romano, VP – Engineering at Metal Shark. “The SSI ShipConstructor and EnterprisePlatform products are targeted at streamlining shipbuilding detail design processes, seamlessly integrating into our ship manufacturing activities. As our company continues to grow, we are constantly in need of such applications to ensure our continued success.”  

Making sure Metal Shark was able to get up and running quickly, without risking deadlines or delivery dates was crucial for us. “The SSI USA team has provided tremendous support in way of offering Certified and Customized Training sessions, Consulting Workshops, and ongoing Technical Support necessary to ensure that Metal Shark’s Engineering & Design Team have all of the information required to be successful with the SSI product offering.” said Gil. 

Engineer adds custom features to a Metal Shark center console law enforcement vessel at Metal Shark Croatia.

We’re excited to help Metal Shark tackle some of shipbuilding’s toughest challenges as they continue to innovate and leverage the latest technologies available within our industry.  

About Metal Shark 

Metal Shark is a leading shipbuilder specializing in the design and production of boats and ships for military, law enforcement, fire rescue, and a wide spectrum of commercial applications. At three fully self-contained facilities in Alabama and Louisiana, Metal Shark manufactures vessels in aluminum, steel, and fiberglass, with current capabilities supporting production for vessels up to 300’ in length. 


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