Marketing agreement for fire-fighting vessel

The agreement between the three parties was signed at Seawork The agreement between the three parties was signed at Seawork

A vessel marketing agreement has been signed at Seawork for the first in a new range of Fixed Firefighting vessels being built for the UK and abroad.

The agreement will see Walker Marine Design (WMD) and Aluminium Marine Consultants (AMC) work with Angloco, a global firefighting specialist supplier in promoting the first 15m vessel bound for Guyana.

Walker Marine and AMC have a great working relationship,” said Nigel True, managing director, AMC.

“This is the start of a new endeavour with Angloco, with the potential to export these vessels to over 50 different countries.”

Design challenge

James Walker told MJ that this is WMD’s firm’s first FiFi vessel design and the main challenge to overcome was with regards to housing all the specialist fire-fighting equipment and balancing the weight.

“The challenge was making the space for all the equipment, and making sure everything was in the right place because these vessels are highly regulated. We needed to create a new type of hull form to balance out the weight,” he said.

When completed, the FiFi vessel will be able to carry out a multitude of roles to meet the demands of modern day marine fire-fighting.

It will have a maximum speed of 33 knots and the capacity to supply up to 4,500 litres of water per minute thanks to its high-spec fire hoses. The vessel will also be equipped with full fire-fighting and medical equipment.

It is due for delivery in February 2019.

AMC has a successful track record of vessel builds including Mainprize Offshore’s MO4 and four CWind vessel – Tempest, Tornado, Typhoon Tow and Hurricane Tow.

WMD’s commercial clients include, Mainprize Offshore, Meercat Workboats and AMC.

By Anne-Marie Causer

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