Nichols Bros. To Construct Powerful Fireboat

Nichols Brothers Boat Builders of Freeland, Wash, has signed a contract with the Port of Los Angeles for the construction of what will reportedly be one of most powerful fireboats in the world.

The new fireboat, which was designed by Robert Allan of Vancouver. B.C. will have propulsion and steering control provided by twin cycloidal propellers, Model 26 GII/165 provided by Voith Schiffstechnik GmbH & Co. each driven by a Detroit Diesel Model 12V 4.000 diesel engine, rated at 1,343 kW at 1,800 rpm. The vessel's fire-fighting system will be the same as any fireboat currently in service, with a total of 31,000 gpm delivered from a total of six pumps provided by Unitor Fi-Fi Systems.

Other notable features of the fireboat include an extending ladder, man lift for high level access and rescue operations extensive survivor treatment facilities; and an innovative hull form, which has been tested and developed by Robert Allan to generate low wash in the restricted waters of the Port of Los Angeles.

The vessel's construction is expected to take 12-14 months. Upon completion, the fireboat will sail south to assume its responsibilities in the Port of Los Angeles, replacing the 75-year-old Ralph J.

Scott, which will then be formally retired from active service.

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