New Firefighting Boat for South China

Friday, May 09, 2003
Industry continues to grow in China’s Pearl River estuary and marine firefighting power has been dramatically increased with the delivery last February 28 of a powerful new firefighting boat. Built at the ship building and repair yard Wenchong Shipyard 20 kilometres south east of Guangzhou City, the "Zhuxiao 01" is 38.5-metres long with a 7.8-metre beam and a 3.4-metre molded depth. Propulsion power is provided by a pair of Cummins KTA38-M2 engines delivering 1044 KW (1400 HP) at 1950 RPM. A pair of the same Cummins KTA38-M2 engines producing 1350 HP at 1900 RPM. drive German-made Aktiangesell Schaft model D-67225 pumps. These each pump 15,000 litres per minute to give the water monitors a 120-metre range and the foam monitors a 50-metre range. A pair of Cummins 6BTA5.9 engines power 65 Kw generator sets. A 60 Kw bow thruster enhances the vessel’s twin prop manoeuverability. The boat is operated by the Zhuhai Fire-Fighting Bureau. The Bureau is responsible for fire protection in the Zhuhai area with its 650,000 permanent residents and total population of 1.3 million people. As a special free trade zone, the area contains a lot of factories visiting workers. Accommodation is provided for a boat crew of seven while the 13-member firefighting crew stays in a nearby barracks building with other firefighters.

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