Fireboat Chief Seattle Delivered

(MarineLink.com)
Monday, March 25, 2013
Chief Seattle

Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering company Guido Perla and Associates, Inc. (GPA) announced the completion on time and within budget of a major renovation of the fireboat Chief Seattle at Vigor Marine in Everett, Washington. 

 

Under the direction of the City of Seattle’s Department of Finance and Administrative Services (FAS), GPA’s team managed the project from initiation to delivery, working closely with FAS, Vigor Marine and the Seattle Fire Department.   



The 96 feet 6 inches Chief Seattle, built in 1984, replaces the Alki, built in 1927, as the city’s primary freshwater fireboat.  The overhaul extends the vessel’s service life by about 20 years.  
 


GPA developed contract specifications and plans and assisted the City of Seattle administrate the refurbishment of the fireboat to NFPA 1925 Type II standard.  This included a new superstructure and pilot house with an emergency command center, complete replacement of electronic navigation and communication equipment, plus an infrared surveillance system, a new medical treatment room, crew day room and head, as well as a new rescue boat and boat recovery system.



The renovation also included the replacement of three 1,012 hp propulsion engine with pump drives with two 1,522 hp propulsion engines, reduction gears, new shafts and propellers.  Furthermore, two 715 hp fire pump engines with four 2,500 gpm pumps, new fire-fighting system with foam capability, one new motorized fire monitor, two refurbished under-wharf motorized monitors, three manual monitors and three hose manifolds were installed. Chief Seattle is now equipped with systems, engines and pumps capable of pumping 10,000 gal/min compared to 7,500 gal/min before the overhaul and can travel at a top speed of 22 knots.



The delivery completes Seattle’s fireboat fleet upgrade, which added two additional vessels in recent years, the Engine One and Leschi.  “The completion of the Chief Seattle enhances the Seattle Fire Department’s ability to protect the Seattle maritime community both on the freshwater and on the saltwater.  We are proud to be part this local project that boosts the firefighting capabilities to handle not only fires but also water rescues, and Port Security,” says Guido Perla, Chairman Perla and Associates, Inc.



The renovation project adds to GPA’s high level of experience providing design and engineering services for emergency response vessels operating in various ports in the US. Such new build and renovation projects include fireboats for the Honolulu and Seattle Fire Departments, as well as multiple offshore vessels certified with FiFi capabilities operating worldwide for a variety of offshore clients.

 

Maritime Reporter March 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Workboats

Shipping Season Opens on the Mississippi

First tow marks unofficial opening to Mississippi River navigation season   M/V New Dawn arrived at Lock and Dam 2 near Hastings, Minn. Wednesday morning, marking

Two ASD Tugs Delivered to URAG

URAG has taken delivery of two ASD 2411 Tugs to add to its existing fleet. Named Brake and Perfect, the new vessels have joined their sister ship Prompt in the

Plans in Place to Test Intermodal River Transport

The Paducah-McCracken County Riverport Authority and Ingram Barge Company has announced plans to assess the viability of Intermodal River Transportation, utilizing

Naval Architecture

3D Machining Puts Wind in the Sails

With ESPRIT CAM software, Armor Mécanique has the wind in its sails; 50% time savings, better quality and new markets thanks to 3D machining Established in 1984

Changes in Aker Solutions' Top Deck

Tore Sjursen will assume the position as executive vice president for operational improvement and risk management at Aker Solutions on April 1. Knut Sandvik

Wärtsilä's' New Plant in Brazil

Following an investment of 20 million euros, Wärtsilä's' new unit will produce and test motor generators and thrusters   Wärtsilä's first unit at Porto do Açu in São João da Barra (RJ),

Maritime Safety

USCG Flush Ice down River Systems to Facilitate Shipping

The Coast Guard cutter fleet is flushing ice through the Great Lakes river systems to prevent ice jams and facilitate commercial shipping as the shipping season

Mediterranean Rescue Operations Strain Shipping

The Wall Street Journal ran a story yesterday describing how the increasing number of seaborne migrants making the journey from Africa to Europe has not only

Port of Aden Under Threat with Enemy at the Gates

As Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies stage air strikes against Shi'ite Muslim militiamen threatening to topple Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, the southern

Vessels

Transit Waiting Times for Panama Canal

Non-booked regular sized vessels wishing to transit the Panama Canal face a wait of approximately 5-6 days. There has been a dramatic increase in the transit

Washington State Ferry Tacoma Returns to Service

Washington State Ferry M/V Tacoma will return to work on the Seattle/Bainbridge Island route starting March 28 after suffering electrical damage last summer.   The

Greek Ferry Still Stuck

The Greek ferry that ran aground just outside of port on the Aegean Island of Kassos Wednesday night is still stuck. The 227 passengers and 55 crew aboard the

 
 
Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Pipelines Pod Propulsion Salvage Ship Repair Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.2490 sec (4 req/sec)