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Pilots, Fire, Patrol

Oct 16, 2012 05:08 PM

Yards building for one customer, marketing the design to others

Kvichak Marine Industries has been able to market the 45-foot RB-M design it is building for the U.S. Coast Guard to nonmilitary customers, including the Seattle and New York police departments.

Courtesy Kvichak Marine Industries/John Fleck Photography

Kvichak Marine Industries has been able to market the 45-foot RB-M design it is building for the U.S. Coast Guard to nonmilitary customers, including the Seattle and New York police departments.

Two fireboats for Boston harbor, one for the city and the other for Logan International Airport, highlight this sector, and this year has seen some promising new orders, notably for the San Francisco Fire Department. Patrol boats and utility boats have also been strong, and the crop of new pilot boats includes Connor Foss, from Foss Maritime’s Rainier shipyard.

Police and patrol boats
In the Pacific Northwest, Kvichak is a constant innovator in the world of patrol boats, and a vessel delivered earlier this year set a company milestone. Patrol 9, a 45-footer for the Seattle Police Department’s Harbor Patrol Unit, is the 500th hull built at the company’s main facility in the city’s Ballard neighborhood.

Patrol 9 cost about $2.5 million including options and was paid for by a federal Port Security Grant. It is based on Lake Union and its primary missions are marine law enforcement, maritime security, rescue and assistance.

Courtesy Kvichak Marine Industries

The Seattle boat was the 500th hull built at Kvichak’s main facility.

The boat has a beam of 14.6 feet and draws a scant three feet. It has a top speed of about 40 knots and is powered by two MTU Series 60 825-hp engines with a Vector-Stick integrated control system at the helm. Fuel capacity is 495 gallons and a Kohler 6-kW genset supplies AC power. The house and cabin are climate controlled and the windows are heated. The boat is equipped with SeaFLIR II, a gyro-stabilized, multi-sensor thermal imaging system.

The sale to the harbor patrol shows Kvichak’s ability to market its Camarc-designed 45-footers beyond the U.S. Coast Guard, for which it is building a long series under the Response Boat Medium–C classification. Two similar boats have been sold to the New York City Police Harbor Unit and a third is scheduled for delivery in October.

Metal Shark Aluminum Boats of Jeanerette, La., is also adapting platforms to different customers. It has won a contract to replace the Coast Guard’s fleet of 470 Response Boats–Small with a design based on its Defiant platform and delivered the first boat in June. In all, 38 boats are scheduled for delivery by April 2013 at a cost of $13 million.

The 29-foot RB–S II is powered by twin 225-hp Honda outboards for top speeds of over 45 knots and a range of 150 nautical miles. Shock-mitigating seats make for a safer ride, and the crew is protected from both foes and the elements by a fully enclosed cabin, although the vessel’s side and rear windows drop down to improve communication and ventilation.

Looking ahead, Kvichak has launched a new design called Patrol 28 in partnership with Amgram, a British firm of naval architects. Missions include search and rescue, border patrol and maritime security. The boat is designed for ports and coastal waters requiring a shallow draft (its static draft is just 32 inches). The original design, from Holyhead Marine in North Wales, is based on the Offshore Raiding Craft used by the Royal Marines.

Fully loaded, the boat displaces just under 10,000 pounds. Twin Honda 225-hp VTEC outboards provide a top cruising speed of over 45 knots, and key features include low freeboard aft to assist in recovering personnel, shock-absorbing fenders, visibility from all positions in the deckhouse, and exceptional maneuvering and seakeeping. Opening windows permit quick deployment of weapons, and there is ample clearance for wide arcs of fire at both the fore and aft gun stations. The foredeck is designed for easy boarding and crew movement. Fuel capacity is 121 gallons and there is an integrated navigation package from Furuno.

Fireboats
A.F. Theriault & Son of Meteghan River in Nova Scotia has delivered a new 79-foot fire/rescue boat, American United, to the Massachusetts Port Authority to serve Logan Airport. The vessel, designed by Robert Allan Ltd. of Vancouver, replaces Howard W. Fitzpatrick, built in 1971.

As well as fighting fires, the $5.9 million boat can serve as an on-scene command post and handle emergency response, search and rescue, port security, emergency medical services and assistance with diving and recovery operations. The boat meets NFPA Class III requirements.

Its all-aluminum, ice-reinforced hull draws seven feet and the vessel is powered by four Caterpillar diesels — twin C32 ACERTs rated at 1,450 hp each and two C18 ACERTs rated at 873 hp each.

Courtesy Massachusetts Port Authority

Two new Canadian-built fireboats for Boston harbor, from A.F. Theriault & Son (above) and MetalCraft Marine (below).

Courtesy MetalCraft Marine

The outboard C32s are mated to ZF 3050 V reverse reduction gears, and the inboard C18s to ZF 2000 A reverse reduction gears. On scene, the two inboard diesels are declutched to power the pumps. In full response, all four engines drive five-bladed fixed-pitch propellers for a top speed fully loaded of 24 knots. Fuel capacity is 1,985 gallons, and auxiliary power is provided by Caterpillar C4.4 diesel gensets. There is a 75-hp Wesmar V2-18H electric bow thruster.

Firefighting equipment for the RAnger 2400-class fireboat includes one Stang 3,000-gpm remote-controlled wheelhouse roof-mounted monitor, two forward-mounted 1,500-gpm Stang manually controlled monitors and two manually controlled 1,500-gpm aft-deckhouse-mounted monitors. Pumps include twin CounterFire model 250-200-500 pumps each rated at 3,000 gpm. There are one five-inch and three two-and-a-half-inch FiFi hydrants forward and the same combination of hydrants aft. The boat carries 500 gallons of foam that can be directed to any monitor as needed.

American United is fitted with a FLIR thermal imaging system, a large swim platform for recovery, and 30 Switlik life rafts with a total capacity of 300 to rescue survivors in case of an aircraft crash. EMS facilities include a main-deck treatment table and recovery berths below.

Across the harbor, the Boston Fire Department took delivery of a new $4.2 million fireboat with chemical, biological and radiological capabilities from MetalCraft Marine of Kingston, Ontario. The new FireStorm 70, John S. Damrell, is an all-aluminum boat built for maneuverability and quick response.

Damrell has a flush deck and measures 70.8 feet overall with a 22.8-foot beam and a draft of just 34 inches. For main propulsion there are quad Iveco C13 engines rated at 825 hp driving four Hamilton HJ364 waterjets. Top speed when fully loaded is 35 knots. Four Hale pumps give a capacity that the builder says is unmatched by any fireboat in its class, at 12,000 gpm, thanks to sea chests built to a proprietary MetalCraft design. The sea chests have an intake three times the cross-sectional area of the main, can be inspected and cleaned while underway, and provide a positive head to the pump, as well as pump redundancy.

Monitors consist of one remote Stang, two remote Elkharts and two manual Elkharts. The new vessel replaces Firefighter, in service since 1972. It is named after a chief engineer of the fire department who battled Boston’s Great Fire of 1872.

In June, MetalCraft delivered another FireStorm 70 to the Wilmington (Del.) Fire Department at a cost of $3.5 million. The boat replaces Fireboat 7, a 65-footer built in 1977 by Blount Marine; the old boat was sold at auction in March for $126,000.

Southeast Ocean Response Services of Charleston, S.C., has ordered a 64-foot fireboat/response vessel from Gladding-Hearn/Duclos Corp. of Somerset, Mass., to comply with U.S. Coast Guard regulations requiring contingency assistance at ports to chemical and oil tankers within 50 miles of the coast. Southeast Ocean was formed by Charleston Navigation, the parent company of the Charleston Branch Pilots’ Association.

The boat will service the area between Morehead City, N.C., and St. Augustine, Fla. It will also serve as a fireboat for Charleston Harbor, as a backup pilot boat, and to take supplies to vessels offshore.

The new boat will be equipped with a Volvo inboard propulsion system in lieu of waterjets. The system has been used on yachts and workboats in Europe, but this will be the first commercial workboat application in the U.S.

The inboard propulsion system is a steerable pod unit with dual counter-rotating props facing forward. The boat will have three pods powered by Volvo D13-1050 engines each rated at 700 hp. Top speed is expected to be 30 knots, and the buyer is looking for 20 percent fuel savings over conventional waterjets.

When fighting a fire, the middle engine can supply a pair of monitors from a 3,500-gpm Hale pump. Onboard manifolds supply water, and a foam system will also be installed. Delivery is expected in 2013.

Back on the West Coast, Jensen Maritime Consultants of Seattle is designing a new NFPA Type II fireboat for the San Francisco Fire Department with a huge capacity — six monitors and 26 manifolds capable of delivering 16,000 gallons of water or foam per minute.

The design calls for a semi-displacement hull, 90 feet by 24 feet. The boat will also be equipped with chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive detection equipment. Additional features include a pilothouse with accommodations for three crew, four firefighters, four passengers and up to 60 rescue victims. The vessel will be able to remain on station for 36 hours without refueling. Delivery is expected next fall.

Kvichak Marine Industries of Seattle delivered a 50-foot pilot launch, Samuel A. Church, to the Crescent River Port Pilots in May. The pilots operate on the Mississippi River between Pilottown, La., and New Orleans, and the christening ceremony was held in New Orleans at the Southern Yacht Club.

The all-aluminum vessel is powered by twin MTU Series 60 diesels rated for 600 bhp coupled to Twin Disc MG-5114 SC marine gears and twin Hamilton HJ364 waterjets, a combination that allows excellent maneuverability and a top speed of about 32 knots. Fuel capacity is 500 gallons. The launch has a WING hybrid fendering system and a roof boarding platform specifically designed for the pilots’ association. The shoal draft is just 2.75 feet.

Other equipment includes a Northern Lights 9-kW generator and a Furuno navigation system. There is also a 500-pound capacity man-overboard davit and winch. The boat can accommodate two crew and 10 passengers in a climate-controlled cabin. A sister vessel is under construction.

Pilot boats
Gladding-Hearn has delivered a second Chesapeake-class launch, Norfolk, to the Virginia Pilot Association. This is the yard’s seventh pilot launch and it features the classic C. Raymond Hunt Associates design with a deep-V hull. All-aluminum, 53.6 feet long with a 4.8-foot draft, it is powered by twin C18 Caterpillar diesels rated at 715 hp each at 2,100 rpm. The engines turn NiBrAl propellers through Twin Disc MGX-5135 A reverse/reduction gears with a ratio of 2:1. Top speed fully loaded is about 29 knots.

To improve seakeeping, Norfolk is outfitted with an adjustable interceptor-type trim tab system to push the bow down for a flatter ride. Deck features include heated handrails, wide side decks, a winch-operated stern rescue davit, and a roof-mounted pilot boarding platform. The cabin is climate controlled and has reclining seats, enclosed head and bunk.

Courtesy Naiad Inflatables

Naiad Inflatables based this boat for a customer in Newfoundland on a design developed for the U.S. Department of Justice.

In Canada, the first of two 56-foot boats for the Atlantic Pilotage Authority was christened in June after arriving in Halifax, Nova Scotia, from ABCO Industries in Lunenburg.

The aluminum vessel is powered by a pair of 715-bhp Caterpillar C18 ACERT diesels and normal running speed is 18 knots. The first vessel will operate in Halifax harbor and the second in St. John, New Brunswick.

In Newfoundland, PD Industries of Cape Broyle has taken delivery of Dalton Pursuit, a 10-meter (33-foot) pilot boat based on a design developed for the U.S. Department of Justice for anti-smuggling, anti-terrorism and law enforcement operations. A rigid inflatable, the new boat was built by Naiad Inflatables of Newport, R.I.

The boat, which will provide commercial transport service for crew and small supplies to commercial ships in the waters around St. John’s, has a walk-around enclosed cabin with forward cuddy and head. The house is outfitted with two Shockwave helm seats with bench seating for 12. For pilot transfer there is a bow boarding platform with railings, and all decks are covered with 3M Safety-Walk.

Twin 250-hp Mercury Verado outboards give a top speed fully loaded of about 40 knots, and fuel capacity is 250 gallons. The boat is equipped with a Lewmar bow thruster with aft deck controls for the thruster and outboards.

The cabin has a Webasto heating system and is equipped with a Furuno MFD12 chartplotter, RD-33 remote display, DF1 sounder module, LH-3000 hailers, and Icom VHF radio. Other equipment includes a deck wash-down pump and Viking life raft stowed on the cabin rooftop.

Lobell’s Custom Boats of Prairieville, La., is building a 48-foot vessel for Tecnimar, which handles pilot services in Cartagena and Tumaco, Colombia. The designer is Boksa Marine Design of Lithia, Fla.

Courtesy Kvichak Marine Industries/John Fleck Photography

Kvichak delivered Samuel A. Church, the first of two pilot boats, to the Crescent River Port Pilots in Louisiana.

Utility vessels
Armstrong Marine of Port Angeles, Wash., has delivered an unusual aluminum landing craft to Arctic Marine Solutions in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. The 57-by-18-foot craft, Arctic Solution, is built to handle three self-contained modules that can be assembled into three climate-controlled pods for a total of 36 passengers or removed if deck space is needed for cargo.

For propulsion there are three Scania DI 12 66 M diesels rated at 650 hp each driving triple UltraJet 410 waterjets. There is a custom exhaust system from Marine Exhaust Systems of Riviera Beach, Fla. Auxiliary power is provided by a Mer Equipment 15-kW, three-phase diesel genset. The electronics include an integrated Garmin navigation and radar package and a FLIR thermal imaging camera. Deck equipment includes Kinematic hydraulic winches and a hydraulically operated 10-foot bow door.

Courtesy Port of Milwaukee

Joey D is a new 60-foot workboat built for the Port of Milwaukee by Great Lakes Shipyard. It can handle harbor work, light icebreaking and salvage and diving.


Great Lakes Shipyard, in Cleveland, which only recently returned to new vessel construction, has delivered a 60-foot workboat for the Port of Milwaukee. The boat, Joey D, was designed by Jensen Maritime Consultants of Seattle for general harbor work, icebreaking, salvage and dive operations. It is equipped with a DMW Telescopic Boom marine crane and has specialized lighting and equipment for harbor security work. The boat is powered by a single 405-hp Cummins QSK11 Tier II diesel and has a maximum speed of 10 knots. Federal grants accounted for the bulk of the cost, about $900,000.

Last but not least, Puget Sound Energy has selected Kvichak to design and build two aluminum transport vessels, one 32 feet and the other 38 feet, for the Baker River Hydroelectric Project. The boats will be used at a downstream fish-passage facility under construction behind the Lower Baker Dam.

The vessels are designed with a flat bottom and flat deck, with a pilothouse for two. They will be equipped with twin Honda 60-hp outboards and portable fuel tanks. They are designed to carry personnel, equipment — and fish. The smaller of the two boats will have one 7,500-pound aluminum fish holding tank and the larger will be fitted with two tanks; they will sit on deck to transport captured fish from a floating collector. The fish will then be trucked around the dam and placed back in the river for migration.
 

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