Pilots, Fire, Patrol

Oct 28, 2011 12:00 AM
New deliveries: a 64-foot fireboat for New York from SAFE Boats International and a FireStorm 70 for Boston from MetalCraft Marine, which is also building boats for the Port of Houston. In the Northeast, Gladding-Hearn is finishing a 75.8-foot boat for the U.S. Army.

Courtesy FDNY Photo Unit

New deliveries: a 64-foot fireboat for New York from SAFE Boats International and a FireStorm 70 for Boston from MetalCraft Marine, which is also building boats for the Port of Houston. In the Northeast, Gladding-Hearn is finishing a 75.8-foot boat for the U.S. Army.

A 64-foot fireboat capable of 45 knots, a new series of yard patrol boats for the U.S. Naval Academy and a trickle of pilot boats highlight this busy segment of the industry. However, the market faces an uncertain future as federal, state and local governments grapple with budget woes.

Bravest, the New York Fire Department's latest fireboat, is named in memory of the firefighters who lost their lives on 9/11, and its name board is cut from an I-beam salvaged from the World Trade Center. Built and designed by SAFE Boats International, of Port Orchard, Wash., the boat is one of the fastest in its class.

The 64- by 17-foot boat has a minimum operating draft of just 3.25 feet, with an air draft of 14 feet 6 inches. Power comes from three CAT C18 diesels, each rated at 1,000 hp at 2,300 rpm, with Twin Disc MG 5135 SC gears and Hamilton 403 water jets, giving Bravest a top speed of about 45 knots. A Kohler 20-kW genset housed in a deck box provides auxiliary electrical power.

Courtesy MetalCraft Marine

A FireStorm 70 for Boston from MetalCraft Marine

The firefighting system was designed by Elliott Bay Design Group of Seattle. The boat can pump over 6,000 gallons per minute using two 3,000-gpm Hale fire pumps to supply four monitors, four handline manifolds and one large shore connection. A reserve tank of 200 gallons of foam can be fed into the monitors.

The main monitor, which is mounted on top of the cabin, was supplied by FFS of Norway and can deliver 5,000 gpm. The three smaller monitors, with 2,000-gpm capacity, come from Elkhart Brass. One of the fire pumps is powered by a 770-hp dedicated Iveco diesel engine; the other is powered by the middle propulsion engine.

The new boat replaces Kevin C. Kane, which went into service in 1993, and it complements the New York Fire Department's smaller fast responders from SAFE and the recently delivered 140-foot fireboats built by Eastern Shipbuilding Group. SAFE is hopeful of a second order.

Canadian yards have delivered a steady stream of boats to U.S. fire departments in the last few years. One, Christopher Wheatley, from Hike Metal Products, is profiled in this issue. Another steady builder is MetalCraft Marine, based in Kingston, Ontario, which completed a FireStorm 70, for the Boston Fire Department this summer. The boat can pump 12,000 gpm and has a top speed of 37 knots.

Power comes from four Iveco C13 diesels rated at 825 hp at 2,400 rpm with Hamilton 364 water jets. The beam is 22 feet and the draft is just 3 feet.

In August, MetalCraft picked up a three-boat order worth nearly $15 million from the Port of Houston Authority. The new boats are scheduled for delivery through next fall. They will discharge 15,000 gallons of water per minute. The boats will be built in Clayton, N.Y.

A.F. Theriault of Meteghan River, N.S., is building an 82-foot fireboat for the Massachusetts Port Authority, but the next big contract out there will be for a 40-knot fireboat for Portland, Ore. Jensen Maritime Consultants of Seattle has been selected to come up with a design.

Typical of the smaller fire/rescue craft delivered this year are two aluminum boats from SeaArk Marine of Monticello, Ark., a 30-foot boat for the Guntersville Fire Department in Alabama and a 27-footer for the Potomac Heights Volunteer Fire Department in Maryland.

Photos courtesy Don Kohlmann

Kvichak Marine Industries has been turning out Response Boats-Medium for the U.S. Coast Guard at the rate of one a month as part of a contract shared with Marinette Marine of Wisconsin. Kvichak is also selling the boats to local governments, including the harbor police units in New York and Seattle.

The first has a modified-vee, constant deadrise hull. The second is based on a C. Raymond Hunt Associates design with its typical deep-vee hull.

The Alabama boat, which will operate on Lake Guntersville and the Tennessee River, has twin 250-hp, four-stroke Yamaha outboards and a 12-foot cabin with port and starboard treatment benches.

Firefighting equipment includes a remote-controlled Akron bow monitor with fog nozzle and stream shaper. A Marine Power E5.7V-MR2 fuel-injected, V-8 engine drives the 1,500 gpm/150 psi Hale pump.

Equipment on the Maryland boat includes an Elkhart 8294-04 Scorpion electric deck gun operated remotely from the helm by a remote joystick.

SeaArk says it has since halted new boat orders.

Pilot boats
Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corp., of Somerset, Mass, is building a 61-foot pilot/rescue boat for Bermuda to replace the boat Saint David, built by the shipyard in 1986. Delivery is scheduled for late 2011.

The all-aluminum boat is designed by C. Raymond Hunt Associates and classed by Lloyd's Register. The beam is 18 feet and the draft is 6 feet.

Although designed primarily to serve as a pilot boat, it will also be equipped for offshore search and rescue as well as research work. There is a rescue well recessed into the transom, a tow bitt and 12-foot inflatable tender, and a Stokes litter basket stretcher.

Main propulsion comes from twin 12-cylinder MTU 12V 2000 M70 diesel engines, each producing 1,055 hp at 2,100 rpm, giving the boat a top speed of 30 knots. The engines turn NiBrAl propellers through ZF 2050A gearboxes. A pair of Northern Lights 20-kW gensets provides auxiliary power.

The design calls for wide side decks, inverted front windows and large boarding areas on the main deck. The wheelhouse, mounted aft of amidships on a flush deck, provides the pilots with additional comfort and safety at high speeds offshore and increases the visibility of the boarding areas. At the shear will be a heavy-duty 10-inch D rubber fender, in addition to five rubber side strakes at the boarding areas.

The boat will be heated and air conditioned and the accommodations include six Llebroc recliners and a cushioned settee that can accommodate an injured person. Sound level in the wheelhouse is expected to be about 70 decibels at 25 knots.

Gladding-Hearn also delivered a third Chesapeake-class boat to the Maryland pilots, Potomac, a C. Raymond Hunt Associates design that measures 52.5 feet overall with a 16.6-foot beam and 4.7-foot draft. Top speed is about 25 knots.

The boat has twin MTU Series 60 engines, each delivering 600 hp at 2,100 rpm. The diesels turn five-bladed Bruntons NiBrAl propellers through Twin Disc MG511A gearboxes, with 3-inch shafts. The launch is equipped with a 9-kW genset for auxiliary power.

The design features a midship pilothouse, flush decks and forward-leaning front windows. There is a boarding platform on the top of the pilothouse. The transom helm control station has throttle and steering controls and a winch-operated rotating davit over a recessed platform for pilot rescue operations. The deck and headrails are heated by the main engines to prevent ice build-up.

There are four Stidd reclining seats in addition to the helmsman's seat and a settee/berth.

Courtesy MetalCraft Marine

Boats for the U.S. Navy built by Canadians? It’s true: MetalCraft Marine delivered eight 26-foot Navy towboats with Iveco engines and UltraJet waterjets. The boats were built at the company’s plant in Clayton, N.Y.

Patrol boats
Gladding-Hearn marked the end of a multi-year contract this year when it delivered the last of 12 64-foot screening escort vessels, ordered by the U.S. Navy but operated by the Coast Guard. The boats provide security for naval vessels in U.S. ports.

The all-aluminum boats feature a C. Raymond Hunt deep-V hull and a CPI Marine fender system. Power comes from twin MTU diesel engines driving Hamilton water jets. Top speed is over 30 knots.

The pilothouse is built on a flush deck with forward-leaning front windows. Recessed rescue wells are located to port, starboard and amidships. A mount for a remotely operated weapons system is on the foredeck. For crew comfort there are Shockwave heavy-duty suspension seats, shock-mitigating floor matting and HVAC.

The boats also feature integrated navigation systems, thermal imaging systems and wireless crew communications.

On the West Coast, Kvichak Marine Industries of Seattle, some of whose markets overlap with Gladding-Hearn's, continues to win long-term contracts for patrol/utility boats for the Coast Guard and the Navy.

The Coast Guard recently awarded Kvichak a five-year deal to build up to 80 transportable port security boats, or TPSBs. The all-aluminum vessels carry a crew of four and include shock-mitigating seats.

The 32-foot 9-inch craft will replace an aging fleet of smaller, outboard-powered fiberglass boats. The new boats are powered by twin Yanmar 315-hp marine diesels with Bravo 1-XR outdrives, and maximum speed is more than 35 knots. The TPSBs can maneuver in as little as 2 feet of water and can operate safely in 8-foot seas and 30-knot winds.

Courtesy Kvichak Marine Industries

Kvichak launched a new 54-foot all-aluminum, foil-assisted catamaran, Defender V, for use as a fast patrol boat, survey boat, crew boat or general workboat.

The order called for deliveries beginning in August, with 30 required by January.

Kvichak also delivered its last five Military Preposition Force utility boats to the Navy, for a total of 33 built over the last five years. The 40-foot high-speed landing craft are replacing the Navy's existing LCM-8 craft.

The 40-by-14-foot MPFs have a loaded maximum speed of about 38 knots and a light speed of about 42 knots. Propulsion equipment includes twin Cummins QSM11 engines rated for 660 hp at 2,300 rpm with ZF 325 marine gears and Hamilton 364 waterjets. For auxiliary power there is a 6-kW Northern Lights genset with shore power. The boats carry an integrated Furuno NavNet electronics package.

For safety and efficiency when transporting troops, gear and general cargo, the vessel is designed with a house-aft configuration and features a power bow door and high-level engine suctions for beach deployment. Each come with a shipboard stowage cradle.

Kvichak also launched an all-new aluminum foil-assisted catamaran, Defender V, a 57-foot 8-inch multipurpose vessel that can be used as a fast-response patrol boat, survey boat, crew boat or general workboat.

Courtesy MetalCraft Marine

Another view of the Navy towboat on Page 59, this time in SUPSALV livery. The photo was taken during training after delivery to Cheatham Annex, a Navy weapons facility in Virginia.

The catamaran is powered by twin Scania DI12 69M marine diesel engines rated for 691 hp at 2,300 rpm. The engines are coupled to ZF 360A transmissions driving Michigan propellers, and top speed is in excess of 30 knots. For auxiliary power the vessel is equipped with a Northern Lights 12-kW genset. Navigation electronics include a Furuno radar and chartplotter.

Defender V has a large aft work deck with tie pockets, a 2,200-pound A-frame with hydraulic drum winch, and a side-mounted 500-pound SWL winch. The A-frame can launch and recover skiffs and ROVs and the aft deck can accommodate a 20-by-8-foot container.

The U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., has taken delivery of the first in a series of new 116-foot yard patrol boats that will eventually replace its aging fleet of 18 vessels. The patrol boat, designated YP 703, is a steel monohull from C&G Boat Works of Mobile. Ala. Three more deliveries are planned this year.

The boats' primary mission is to provide midshipmen with practical training afloat. The Navy describes them as bigger and more technologically advanced than the older YPs, allowing them to accommodate more midshipmen and give them a very realistic ship handling experience. The new boats will cost about $8.7 million each and have a life expectancy of about 30 years.

According to the Navy, "The general craft characteristics of the YP 703 class emphasize habitability, training areas, hull structure, integrated bridge, maneuverability, propulsion plant configuration, and, for training purposes only, simulated underway replenishment."

The new boats look more like a modern warship than their narrower predecessors, although there are no armaments aboard, and they have a wide-open bridge. Displacement is 176 tons with a beam of 27.9 feet and a draft of 7.87 feet. The boats will carry a crew of four officers and six midshipmen.

For propulsion there are two 600-hp Cat C18 diesels turning two fixed-pitch propellors at 1,800 rpm. "The main and auxiliary systems and electronics are state-of-the art, commercial-off-the-shelf equipment," the Navy said.

Moose Boats, of Petaluma, Calif., has delivered a new 44-foot M1-44 catamaran to the U.S. Park Police in New York Harbor for security patrol at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

The boat is a high-performance, all-aluminum catamaran powered by twin QSR 8.3-liter, 600-hp Cummins diesels driving twin Hamilton HJ322 water jets through a Twin Disc MG 5075 gearbox with Hamilton Blue Arrow controls. The boat has a top speed of about 40 knots and cruises at 30 knots. The range is about 300 nautical miles.

Its 15-foot 6-inch beam makes it a stable platform in New York Harbor while its shallow, 2.25-foot draft allows it to operate in nearby Jamaica Bay.

There is a fully enclosed cabin with a small galley, large work station and dinette. Three shock-mitigating seats help ensure a smooth ride. In addition to the boat's Furuno electronics there is also an SPI Infrared camera for searches.

This is the second aluminum catamaran the Park Service has purchased from Moose for the New York area. The older boat, acquired in 2003, is in service on Jamaica Bay. The new M1-44 replaces a 41-foot patrol boat that was given to the Park Service by the Coast Guard in 2002.

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