Emergency Service Vessel News Roundup | August 23 – Intervention boats for Kuwait, Iceland, Greece and the United States
A new fire and rescue craft has been delivered to an operator in Missouri while two more vessels are nearing completion before being handed over to customers in Iceland and Kuwait. Construction is underway on two waterjet-propelled response boats commissioned by a firefighting agency in Greece.
New Response Boat Delivered to Central Missouri Fire Department
Lake Assault Boats of Superior, Wisconsin recently handed over a new response boat to the Osage Beach Fire Protection District in central Missouri.
Appointed Navy 11, the modified V-hull craft is 31 feet (9.44 meters) long and 10.5 feet (3.2 meters) wide. The boat’s draft is less than 18 inches (0.45 meters) with the engines up and 24 inches (0.6 meters) when lowered.
The boat features a port side dive door as well as a fold down stair/ladder at the front for easy boarding and disembarking.
Power is provided by two 300 hp (223 kW) Mercury four-stroke outboard engines.
The firefighting system includes a Darley PSDE fire pump driven by a dedicated V8 gasoline engine. There’s also an electronically controlled Monsoon TFT rooftop monitor that offers an unobstructed range of at least 270 degrees and vertical coverage of 60 degrees above and five degrees below horizontal.
Start of sea trials for ICE-SAR’s new semi-rigid
Icelandic shipbuilder Rafnar has started sea trials of a new Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) commissioned by the Icelandic Search and Rescue Association (ICE-SAR).
The boat is powered by two Mercury outboards while the electronics suite includes Simrad radar and a rotating thermal camera.
Once in service, the new rib will operate primarily off the east coast of Iceland.
Canadian builder to supply new firefighting boat to Kuwait
MetalCraft Marine of Ontario, Canada is nearing completion of a new planned aluminum firefighting and rescue boat for the Kuwait Fire Force.
The 25.9 meters Mondjeb 2 will be powered by two MTU 10V2000 M86 diesel engines driving MJP DRB 500 waterjets through ZF gearboxes. This arrangement will provide a speed of 27.8 knots.
The new boat is expected to be delivered to Kuwait in September 2022. It will also perform a secondary patrol function once in service.
Design work on Mondjeb 2 was supplied by Walker Marine Design of the UK.
Ongoing construction of new fire boats for Greece
Croatian shipbuilder Tehnomont has started construction of two new firefighting vessels for the Hellenic Fire Service.
The engines of new buildings classified Bureau Veritas and designed by Camarc will be used for both propulsion and firefighting functions. When used for propulsion, each boat’s engines drive three Hamilton waterjets.
The boats will also be fitted with HamiltonJet station-keeping systems.