Vessel Construction (Tugboats, Specialty Barges, Work Boats)

MTI has invested heavily in vessel and modular barge construction, featuring a dedicated Blast & Paint Building, and a new barge transfer/launch system. The 1,000+ ton system enables MTI to build, launch, haul out, and modify barges and other vessels up to approximately 380 feet in length by 72 feet wide. MTI has the capabilities to competitively build barges, tugs, work boats and any other type of floating dock or pontoons to your custom design specifications.


Specializes in:

  • Pontoon Barges
  • Railcar Barges
  • Dredge Barges
  • Crane Barges
  • Double Hull Fuel Barges
  • Push Boats
  • Hopper Barges
  • Deck Barges
  • Spud Barges
  • Custom Barges
  • Barge retro-fits
  • Tug Boats

Metal Trades, Inc. (MTI) is a family owned business located just south of Charleston, South Carolina operating with deep water access on the intracoastal waterway. We have been in business since 1962 and have extensive past performance in Heavy Steel Fabrication, Manufacturing, Machining, Vessel Construction and Vessel Maintenance and Repair for both commercial and Government customers.

” J.E. Corbin, Jr. founded Metal Trades, Inc. in 1962 with a pickup truck, a welding machine, and years of metal fabricating experience. Since that time MTI established a solid reputation for its multi-skilled work force and strong commitment to high quality.”


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