OUR HISTORY

TRUST IS BUILT WITH EXPERIENCE

77 Years of Shipbuilding Experience

Swiftships has always been driven by innovation, function and excellence of the time. Our original vision: “To create heavy duty long lasting steel and aluminum vessels for commercial and military applications”.

Swifthips business strategy was built on the belief in long-term relationship with the clients. We always strived to provide governments, navies and commercial customers with the most advantageous solutions and we earned their trust.

Original Vision of the 1942’s

• Sewart Machine Works, Swiftships’ predecessor, was founded in 1942 by Fred Sewart that at the tail end of WWII was renamed to Sewart Seacraft.

• Founder’s vision was to create a ship with an aluminum hull that excelled in shallow water military engagements.

 • Prior vessel designs for shallow waters were either slow or wooden, leaving a large gap in US naval capability for effective inland water navigation.

Vietnam Conflict and the ‘Swift Boats’

• Swiftships became a key supplier of “Swift Boats” to the US Navy during the Vietnam War.

• The mission objective of the Swift Boat was to provide the Navy with a fast boat that could patrol the many miles of river shores for enemy soldiers − The Swiftships’ Patrol Boat allowed navigation of short river channels that were inaccessible to most small boat designs at the time.

• Swiftships delivered 193 patrol boats to the US Navy throughout the conflict, creating a reputation as an excellent and trusted supplier of shallow water hulls.

General Expansion

• Swiftships began its expansions in 1979 and build six with different specializations from aluminum fabrication through construction of supply vessels, large oceangoing barges, utility boats, crew boats and specialty vessels. 

• The company opened shipyards in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas, and joint venture operations in Singapore. 

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