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Gladding-Hearn: Kvichak delivering at home, and in Colombia, as well Builds for NYPD, U.S. Coast Guard and Oman

Somerset, MA-based Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding has The recent acquisition of Kvichak Marine Industries by also been busy. “We just ? nished two signi? cant projects – Vigor Industrial gives the Paci? c West Coast giant not only ? ve patrol boats for New York City and seven patrol boats a new line of business, but also a signi? cant income stream, for the Colombian Navy,” Peter Duclos, president and di- courtesy of the maritime security market, both here and rector of business development, said. “The vessels for Co- abroad. There isn’t much Vigor doesn’t do anymore, and lombia were direct sale.” Seattle-based Kvichak is a big part of that puzzle. “We’re

This April and June, Gladding-Hearn delivered two 70- currently building our fourth, Response Boat–Medium for foot, aluminum tactical-response vessels to the New York the New York Police Department, with delivery scheduled

City Police Department for its Harbor Patrol Unit. Last for spring 2016,” the company’s marketing manager Carol year, Gladding delivered its third 61-foot patrol-rescue Reid said. “We just completed delivery of seven Transport- boat to the NYPD. able Port Security Boats to the U.S. Coast Guard. With

The 70-foot, high-speed NYPD vessels have deep-V that, our deliveries to the Coast Guard total 59 vessels hull and squared-off bows, with fendering and knees in- since 2011.” stalled above the main deck for bow landings. They were Beyond their signi? cant domestic federal and municipal designed by C. Raymond Hunt and Associates in Massa- markets, however, Kvichak is also building two 19-meter, chusetts to respond to the terrorism threat on New York’s all-weather pilot boats for the Port of Duqm Company vast waterways system. Inside the ? ush-mounted wheel- SAOC in the Sultanate of Oman. “They will function as house, ballistic-resistant windows in the front, side and aft search-and-rescue and oil-spill-recovery vessels, in addi- provide 360-degree visibility. The boats’ ? y bridges offer views, too. A remote-control water cannon is mounted on pilothouse roofs. A command center includes video moni- tors, decontamination showers and seating for ? ve crew members. The boats have two berths, storage lockers and a small galley.

The NYPD vessels are powered by twin 12-cylinder

MTU-12V2000M94 diesel engines, each producing 1,920 bhp at 2,450 rpm and allowing a top speed of over 41 knots. The engines turn a pair of Hamilton HM571 waterjets through ZF3050 gearboxes. A 30 kW Northern

Lights/Alaska Diesel generator provides service power.

Twin Humphree interceptor units adjust each vessel’s run- ning trim and list at various speeds and load conditions.

The Colombia Class vessels, 60-foot, deep-V hulled boats – also designed by C. Raymond Hunt – are of all alu- minum construction. Production began in March 2013, and the ? rst-in-class ARC Gorgonilla was delivered that year. A rotating davit, located above the water-level, re- cessed platform in the stern, is used for rescue operations.

The boat has Furuno radar and is equipped with a FLIR camera that can detect someone in the water at 500 to 800 meters. The vessel has sleeping accommodations for a crew of six.

Powered by twin 800 bhp MAN R6-800CRM diesel en- gines, driving Ultra Jet UJ-452 water jets through ZF 360 gearboxes, the Colombia Class boat reaches a top speed of 27 knots. Cruising speed is 18 knots.

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