Watertown, NY, January 12, 2021 – North American company MetalCraft Marine (MCM) has been awarded WorkBoat Magazine’s 2020 Significant Workboat of the Year.
The recognition came for the design and craftsmanship of the Interceptor43/44, a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear (CBRN) detection vessel that MCM has produced for Los Angeles Port Police.
The $1.5 million dollar boat is a high-performance, state-of-the-art patrol boat designed to carry out a range of tasks to support maritime security and border control. It also facilitates counter-terrorism and effective disaster relief.
The vessel is equipped with sophisticated military-grade equipment and computer software that can detect chemicals within a 3.1-mile radius and the presence of nuclear particles through the steel sides of a ship. It can immediately analyze the size of a chemical or biological plume and determine what direction it’s travelling.
The Interceptor43/44, formerly called ‘Boat 42’, is built for speed and stability, and can work safely in 13ft to 17ft waves. It has extra-wide side decks with room to carry side arms, a portable 900lb davit and seating for three officers with extra seating for a boarding party or mass rescue.
‘We are fortunate to work with a team of highly skilled professionals who take pride in quality workmanship,’ says Bob Clark, Contracts Manager at MetalCraft Marine. ‘For more than 30 years we’ve developed a reputation as a leader in advanced technology, design and construction techniques and we are grateful for the recognition of innovation and excellence this award represents. Our thanks goes out to everyone for believing in, and voting for, MetalCraft Marine.’
Every year the editors of WorkBoat magazine compile a list of the ten most significant boats of the past 12 months. From that top-ten list, industry peers and the readers of WorkBoat magazine vote for the Boat of the Year.