Aluminum and steel-hulled boatbuilder Metal Shark has opened an engineering office in Croatia. It’s located in the city of Rijeka on the country’s northern Adriatic coast.
Metal Shark Croatia is an engineering facility with nearly 20 personnel, including naval architects, machinery systems engineers and electrical engineers who collaborate with Metal Shark’s domestic team at its three facilities in Alabama and Louisiana. The company has a goal of raising its workforce to 40 employees in Croatia by year’s end.
“Metal Shark’s success is driven by our ongoing commitment to in-hour engineering, which allows us to quickly and capably design complex, custom, high-quality vessels,” Chris Allard, Metal Shark CEO said in a statement. “While we continue to recruit domestically and partner with universities to educate the next generation of America’s ship designers and engineers, the establishment of Metal Shark Croatia allows us to scale up our engineering resources at a rate that would otherwise be impossible.”
After two years of research into international engineering capabilities, Metal Shark identified Croatia as an international destination. In 2018, the company formed Metal Shark Croatia and Teuta Duletic, MSc, Nav Arch, MBA was named managing director.
“Our proud maritime tradition as well as our educational technical resources all combined to make Croatia the ideal choice for this effort,” Duletic said in the statement. “We also enjoy intensive research and development cooperation with the Technical University of Rijeka on a wide range of industrial projects.”