Robert Allan Lands Fireboat Design Contract

The consulting naval architectural firm Robert Allan Ltd. of Vancouver, B.C. has been chosen by the City of Los Angeles, Calif, to design a replacement for the City's major fireboat the 75-yearold Ralph J. Scott. Currently celebrating their 70th consecutive year of operations, Robert Allan Ltd. was chosen as the designers for this new vessel because of its recent experience in fireboat design and fire-fighting tug design, which includes major fireboats for Vancouver, B.C. as well as for Hong Kong and the Ports of Tuen Mun and Shenzhen in China. The new VSP-propelled fireboat will measure approximately 105 ft. (32 m) with a total pumping capacity approaching 30,000-gpm - reportedly designating it the most capa- ble fireboat in the Americas. The vessel will be a high-performance fire-fighting vessel; versatile, stable and highly maneuverable in all operations. Support operations of the vessel will include rescue, de-watering (salvage-pumping) and diving support in and around the Los Angeles harbor. The fire-fighting system will comprise a foam/water system supplied by main engine driven pumps plus a water fog/jet system supplied by four independent engine driven pumps.

It is anticipated that the contract design package for the Los Angeles Replacement Fireboat will be put out to tender and a construction contract award announced in 2001.

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