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Jensen to Design Fireboat for San Francisco

Depiction: Jensen Design Custom Super Pumper Fireboat

Fireboat to be Equipped with Six Fire Monitors and 26 Manifold Valves for High-Volume Water and/or Foam Firefighting.     Jensen Maritime Consultants, Inc., a Crowley company, has been chosen to design a custom "super pumper" fireboat to enhance the City of San Francisco Fire Department's (SFFD) marine fire fighting and response capabilities on water.   This high-volume water and foam pumping NFPA Type II fireboat will feature six fire monitors and 26 manifold valves, allowing for more than 16,000 gallons of water and/or fire-fighting foam per minute to be thrown from a distance of 300 feet to extinguish flames quickly and safely.  Typically NFPA Type II fireboats are equipped with four fire monitors and eight manifold valves, and can pump 10,000 gallons per minute.   The availability of so many monitors and valves means that the fireboat will be equipped to provide water directly from the bay or ocean should shoreside fire mains be damaged by an earthquake.   Meeting NFPA standards, Jensen will design the boat primarily for high-volume water pumping, firefighting, rescue, emergency medical service and patrol in the waters of San Francisco and San Pablo Bays and the Pacific Ocean within five miles of shore and the adjoining inland waterways.   The boat will be designed with a semi-displacement hull type to maximize capacity and reduce operating costs


Kvichak Delivers L.A. Fireboat

The Port of Los Angeles recently welcomed the arrival of Fireboat #1, the first of three 39 ft. boats constructed by Kvichak Marine Industries and designed by Jensen Maritime Consultants. Stationed at Terminal Island, California, Fireboat #1 is the first vessel to kick-off the replacement program of the Port's aging fireboat fleet. Later this year, the deliveries of Fireboat #3 & Fireboat #5 will complete the phase-out of the two remaining 35-year old boats.


NYFD Awards Fireboat Contract

Robert Allan Ltd. won a contract by the Fire Department of New York for the, design and construction administration of a major new fireboat. The new vessel will replace the venerable, but aging, Fire Fighter. The contract for design and construction administration was bid internationally, and awarded to Robert Allan Ltd. on the basis of qualifications and experience with major high-performance fireboats. The new vessel will be approximately 130 ft . (40 m) long, have a service speed of 17


Kvichak Marine Delivers

Kvichak Marine recently delivered a 40-ft. Fast Response fireboat to the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACFD). Designed by Jensen Maritime Consultants of Seattle, the fireboat has a beam of 13.5 ft. and is powered by twin Caterpillar 3126B engines coupled to Twin Disc MG-5075A gears, which provide a speed of ~27 knots. To optimize vessel control and firefighting capacity, LACFD chose a Cummins 6BTA5.9-M3 dedicated fire pump engine, directly coupled to a Hale 80-FC 2400 GPM pump


Vigor Fab to Build Fireboat for San Francisco FD

Vigor Fab secured a contract to construct a fireboat for the San Francisco Fire Department (Image courtesy of Vigor Industrial)

Vigor Fab has been awarded a contract to build a fireboat for the San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD). Construction of the 88’x’25x’14’ vessel is scheduled to begin this fall in Seattle. Designed by Jensen Maritime Consultants, the fireboat will have a top speed of 11.5 knots in full load condition and accommodate up to three crew members and four firefighters aboard the vessel. The fireboat engines are EPA Tier III certified Cummins QSK19-M


WESMAR Delivers Thruster to another Fireboat

The super pumper fireboat is to enhance San Francisco’s marine fire fighting and response capabilities on water including high-volume water pumping, firefighting, rescue, emergency medical service and patrol in the waters of San Francisco and San Pablo Bays and the Pacific Ocean within five miles of shore and the adjoining inland waterways.

WESMAR (Western Marine Electronics) delivered one of its bow thruster systems to another fireboat this month. This systems will be installed on a ‘super pumper’ for the city of San Francisco. The new fireboat is being built by Vigor Fab, Seattle, a subsidiary of Vigor Industrial, and is scheduled for delivery next year.  Per specifications her ability to maneuver and dock in tight situations and to hold steady during fire fighting and rescue operations will be facilitated


The Big One: L.A. Fireboat 2

The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) has accepted its new fireboat, L.A. Fireboat 2, which is the largest in the U.S. according to its length of 105 ft. (32 m) and a fire-fighting capacity of more than 10,300 cu. m. /hr. Built to replace the 75-year-old Ralph J. Scott, it was designed by Robert Allan Ltd. And constructed in 18 months by Nichols Brothers Boat Builders. The basic principle of this ship was developed by Voith Schiffstechnik


NYC Fireboats Provide Critical Support

Long considered relics from days gone by, the Fire Department of New York Fireboats have played in an important role in supplying the fire fighting water to battle the blazes at the World Trade Center for the first 36 hours. The fireboats acting as floating pumping stations are manned by NYFD engineering members from the nation's oldest maritime union, the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association District 1. These firefighters are said to have been on a 24 hour on and 24 hour off schedule


Kvichak to Build Pilot Boat, Fire Vessels

Camarc, Ltd. and Kvichak Marine Industries have teamed up once again to design and build an all-aluminum 72-ft. pilot boat. The new boat, scheduled for a Summer 2002 delivery, is for the Sabine Pilots Association of Groves, Texas and will operate year-round in the waters of Sabine Pass. Power is provided by twin Detroit Diesel 16V2000 engines rated for 1,285 bhp each at 2,100 rpm, and Hamilton HM651 waterjets were chosen as the propulsors


Jensen Bags Fireboat Contract

Image courtesy of Jensen Maritime

Jensen Maritime to provide detail production engineering and construction management on San Francisco Fire Department fireboat   Jensen Maritime, a wholly owned Crowley Maritime Corp. subsidiary, has been selected to provide detail production engineering and construction management on an 88' x 25' Super Pumper NFPA Type II Fireboat for the San Francisco Fire Department. Jensen completed the fireboat contract-design for the city in 2012.  


MN100: Metal Shark Boats

Photo: Metal Shark Boats

The Company: Metal Shark is a leading shipbuilder specializing in the design and production of boats and ships for military, law enforcement, fire rescue, and a wide spectrum of commercial applications. At its facilities in Franklin and Jeanerette, Louisiana


MN100: Pacific Power Group

(Photo: Pacific Power Group)

The Company: Established in 1958, Pacific Power Group has been a trusted partner for the marine power needs of the Western U.S. for more than 50 years. PPG provides premier propulsion systems that offer cost-effective and best-in-class propulsion solutions for a variety of fields


Vigor Delivers San Francisco’s New Fireboat

Photo: Vigor

Vigor recently delivered an 88’ x 25’ x 14’ fireboat to the San Francisco Fire Department. The yet to be named vessel is the first fireboat to join San Francisco’s fleet in 61 years.   Designed by Jensen Maritime and built at Vigor’s Seattle shipyard


Containership Catches Fire in Hamburg

Photo: Hamburg Police

 A fire erupted aboard the 9,030 TEU containership CCNI Arauco berthed at the port of Hamburg, causing injuries to three workers. Hamburg police reported that the blaze broke out aboard the 300-meter Liberian flagged vessel while in harbor around noon local time.


Searching for a Better Way

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Financing the Municipal, Tax-Exempt Workboat Sector. Poring over any of the many marine publications that seemingly arrive daily in your mailbox or inbox, you can get an idea of the depth and breadth of the current state of U.S. commercial marine vessel shipbuilding


HamiltonJet Debuts JETanchor Positioning System

Global waterjet manufacturer HamiltonJet has launched its latest vessel positioning system, JETanchor.   Developed from the blueARROW controls platform JETanchor is the newest addition to the HamiltonJet controls’ product range, developed and tested over the past 18 months


Houston Ship Channel Closed Due to Tug Fire

Houston Marine Fire Department boat on scene after a tug boat that was moored caught fire around 2 a.m., Feb. 26, 2016. U.S. Coast Guard Station Houston boat crews established a safety zone to assist in firefighting efforts. (USCG photo by Joseph Mccune)

A boat fire at LyondellBasell facility has forced a brief closure of the Houston Ship Channel   The U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port has briefly closed a portion of the Houston Ship Channel, as coast guard crews and local fire departments responded to a tugboat engulfed in flames


Fireboat Dedicated at Long Beach Port

Worlds Most Advanced Fireboat Dedicated at Port. Protector designed with latest technology for Big Ship Era Photo Long Beach Port

A new fireboat was officially welcomed into service Wednesday at the Port of Long Beach, representing a significant leap forward in protecting the harbor and the flow of trade through the nation’s second-busiest seaport. In a dockside ceremony attended by 100 invited guests


Vigor Delivers ATB Tug to Harley Marine

Dale R Lindsey (Photo: Vigor)

Vigor’s Seattle shipyard recently delivered a 95’ x 38’ x 16’, 3,000 hp ATB Twin Screw Tug, Dale R Lindsey, to Harley Marine Services Inc.   Designed by Elliot Bay Design Group for primary operation in Alaska, the ATB tug utilizes an Articouple FRM-43M coupler system


Lake Assault Fireboat Assists with Foss Lake Wildfire

Photo courtesy of LVFB

A Lake Assault fireboat, owned and operated by the Lake Vermilion Fire Brigade, provided support for wildland firefighting efforts during the Foss Lake wildfire near Ely, Minn. earlier this spring.   The 33-foot craft was used to haul up to 20-person crews


Eastern Launches Impala Soledad for IWL River

Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. launched the Impala Soledad, the first in a series of four inland river towboats for IWL River, Inc.   This series of CT Marine designed 134 ft. ABS Classed Inland River Service towboats are Triple Screw with a Retractable Pilothouse and all are currently


Custom Fireboat Delivered in Texas

Photo: Lake Assault Boats

Lake Assault Boats, manufacturer of purpose-built and mission-specific fire and rescue boats, has placed into service a 28-foot fireboat with the City of Conroe Fire Department in Conroe, Texas. The craft was delivered in mid-May.   Assistant fire chief for the City of Conroe Fire Department


MN100: Robert Allan Ltd.

Mike Fitzpatrick (Photo: Robert Allan Ltd.)

The Company: With about 82 employees, Robert Allan Ltd. is Canada’s most senior consulting Naval Architectural firm, established in Vancouver, B.C. in 1930. The company has earned an international reputation for innovative, successful designs for a wide range of ships and has been a leader


MN100: Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc.

(Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc.)

The Company: Eastern’s original shipyard was established in 1976 for the purpose of constructing commercial fishing boats for the company’s founder and President, Brian R. D’Isernia. By 1980, 26 commercial fishing vessels had been constructed and delivered


Tough Twins: New Fireboats for Port of Long Beach

(Photo: City of Long Beach)

Canada based naval architect and marine engineering firm Robert Allan Ltd. is a leading designer of high-performance response vessels of many types and in particular, large fireboats for major ports worldwide. In addition to the vessels’ outwardly obvious role of fighting fires






 
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