Moose Boats has been awarded a contract from the Newport Fire Department in Rhode Island for the construction of an aluminium catamaran emergency response and recovery vessel.
The vessel will be powered by twin Cummins 317kW turbo diesel propulsion engines coupled to waterjets. The catamaran will be equipped with two completely independent fire pump systems each flowing in excess of 5,700 litres per minute of fire suppression water.
Each fire pump is protected by a pressure relief valve and plumbed to a high volume monitor and two 2.5” diameter valves for a combined flow exceeding 11,400 litres per minute. The dual fire pump arrangement with dedicated discharges provides full firefighting redundancy while simultaneously maintaining full manoeuvrability from both propulsion engines and jets.
External air sampling, a radiation detector and distribution of breathing apparatus air both in the cabin and on deck will allow firefighters to identify and respond to incidents of a chemical, biological or radiological nature.
The navigation and electronics suite is comprised of multifunction navigation screens, radar, 3D side scan sonar, AIS, VHF radios, radio direction finder and thermal imaging camera. A heavy-duty push knee will enable the M2-38 to come in contact with larger vessels and piers while the combination ladder will allow for firefighters to disembark in beach landing scenarios and facilitate dive and rescue operations from the stern.
The vessel will be used as the primary firefighting/search and rescue platform for Newport Harbor and the waters surrounding the city’s coastline. Newport is located at the mouth of the East Passage of Narragansett Bay which along with the West Passage has heavy commercial shipping traffic traversing its waters heading to the Ports of Providence and Daivisville.
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