Aluminium firefighter/ dive tender for Alicante
The Spanish aluminium specialist shipyard Aister, has recently completed an 8m fireboat for Alicante’s Fire Department Diving team (SPEIS). The boat has multi-mission assets with uses including S.A.R and firefighting missions.
The cabin has been designed with close attention to ergonomics and the working environment. It’s acoustically and thermally insulated, with watertight doors and side windows to ensure safety under all operating conditions.
The cabin layout has been developed to facilitate the coordination of crew work tasks during deployments.
The wheelhouse has 360 degree visibility which ensures the highest standards of safety and it’s equipped with guidance, navigation, control and communication systems.
For its firefighting duties, the SPEIS II, is equipped at the bow with a fire-extinguisher system, a water pump to supply 400 litres per minute at a pressure of 5 bar. The small dimensions of the boat and equipment are intended to allow operation in difficult-to-access areas.
Propulsion comes from two Yamaha 250HP outboard engines with two 500 litre aluminium fuel tanks. The SPEIS II can reach a maximum speed of 38 knots and a range of 350 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 20 knots.
The sea trials demonstrated that the weight calculation study was correct and the hull form allowed the designed rapid transition from displacement to planing condition.
The slow speed manoevring tests demonstrated that she can spin in less than two lengths.
The deck has a walk around cabin forward to facilitate crew movements around the vessel and a stern deck space left open as a wide working area and loading space for divers and their equipment.
The SPEIS II’s aft configuration provides easy access to the water for both divers and SAR scenarios.
Crew safety is provided by a self-draining hull and three watertight compartments. There is also a full bilge alarm system. In addition, the vessel has a non-floodable floatation reserve in order to ensure buoyancy in any flood condition, making the boat, according to Aister, ‘unsinkable’.
Currently, the Alicante Firefighting department has a RIB as its main boat, another inflatable craft and, with this new build, a third aluminium fireboat.
Aister has been building commercial boats for 30 years. During this time, the company has built professional aluminium boats for several different State Security Bodies, including the Spanish Coast Guard and Navy.
By Jake Frith
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