Subsequent to a lengthy bidding process, the Port of Los Angeles will
receive a trio of three all-aluminum fireboats, which will be constructed by Kvichak Marine Industries
. Measuring 39 ft. (11.8 m) each, the vessels will be designed by
Jensen Maritime Consultants of Seattle.
The three new vessels, which will be named Fireboat #1, #3 and #5, will be stationed throughout the Port of L.A. and are scheduled to replace three existing vessels that are each more than 35 years old. A 105-ft. (32 m) steel fireboat, currently under construction at Nichols Bros. of Freeland, Wash. will also join the upgraded fleet in 2002.
Each having a beam of 14 ft. (4.2 m), the fireboats will be powered by twin Caterpillar 3126B engines, driving 27-in. propellers through Twin Disc MG-507A gears. A third Caterpillar 3126B engine will be installed as a designated fire engine. The designer predicts that the vessels will be able to move at 27-plus knots when fully loaded and a cruising speed of 25 knots.
Each vessel will also have a Hale fire pump with a 2,400 gpm capacity and a Stang 925545 fire monitor.