Mercury Marine and Metal Shark Aluminum Boats teamed up to provide 16 diesel-powered Coast Guard boats, the first U.S. diesel partnership of its kind for the engine manufacturer.
“Mercury Marine’s 2.0 diesel engines are ideal for smaller vessels, such as the Coast Guard Cutter Boat ATON Medium,” Metal Shark vice president Greg Lambrecht said in a statement. “These engines are compact, lightweight and deliver a superb power-to-weight ratio for use in a wide range of small-vessel applications.”
“The U.S. diesel market is evolving and adapting, and our marine customers are taking notice of the diesel advantage when it comes to performance and fuel economy,” Mercury Marine senior director of diesel and propulsion strategies Reinhard Burk said. “A commercial application with a high-profile customer such as USCG proves to the marketplace that our diesel offerings are in high demand.”
The Coast Guard’s CB-ATON-M is based on Metal Shark’s 18-foot Relentless, a welded aluminum center console vessel that features a urethane-sheathed foam collar for impact protection.
The CB-ATON-Ms are carried aboard the Coast Guard’s coastal buoy tender fleet for at-sea and in-shore operations or in port. The vessels primarily support aids-to-navigation efforts and are also used to support search and rescue; maritime law enforcement; and ports, waterways and coastal security missions.
Metal Shark supplied the Coast Guard with a 16-boat training fleet based on its 38 Defiant pilothouse model, each equipped with twin Mercury Marine 300-hp Verado outboards. Mercury also supplies outboard power for the High Speed Maneuverable Surface Target vessels Metal Shark builds for the Navy under a 350-boat contract that was awarded in late 2013.
“We have enjoyed a long and successful relationship with Metal Shark on the outboard side and look to do the same with our diesel offerings,” Burk said. “The performance of our lightweight, fuel-efficient diesel engine, backed by the long-standing support of Mercury Marine, is a perfect match for Metal Shark’s rugged off-shore patrol vessels performed by government programs across the country.”