Bergen's new fire and rescue boat

Fire and Rescue boat is fully equipped for Firefighting, Search and Rescue and Diving missions Bergen's new Fire and Rescue boat is fully equipped for Firefighting, Search and Rescue and Diving missions

The Municipality and the Fire Department in Bergen, Norway have been strongly focused on the creation of a modern Fire Department, and it was with great joy that the city's newest Fire and Rescue boat - the ‘Sjøbrand’ - was christened by its godmother Britt Brattetveit.

The boat - which belongs to the design class Alusafe 1800 FIFI from Maritime Partner - is an entirely novel concept developed for Fire and Rescue Emergency Response and is fully adapted to the specific needs of Bergen’s Port and nearby coastal areas.

Over its history, Bergen has seen over 30 large fires; fire prevention and combat is, therefore, a strong priority for the city. Through the development of human resources, the use of state-of-the-art technology and the improvement of fast-response emergency operations, Bergen’s Fire Department is presently capable of managing and extinguishing most fires at a relatively early stage.

This new Fire and Rescue boat is fully equipped for Firefighting, Search and Rescue and Diving missions, as well as support in the acute Spill / Pollution response, with an offshore hull design that will perform equally well in open seas and sheltered waters.

“We can now say that we have a Fire and Rescue boat that will significantly boost Bergen’s Maritime Emergency Services, laden with excellent technological solutions and relevant, state-of-the-art equipment. With this new boat, the Sjøbrand, we have taken a big step forward”, said Johnny Breivik, Fire Chief of Bergen Fire Department.

Maritime Partner enjoyed a very positive and very close cooperation with the Bergen Fire Department during the development and production of the Sjøbrand.

This Maritime Partner boat meets - and in most instances exceeds - all the requirements defined by the Bergen Fire Department when the contract was signed. As stated by Gisle Anderssen, Sales and Marketing Director for Maritime Partner, “this boat is one-of-a-kind in the Norwegian Fire Fighting force, and – at Maritime Partner – we’ve mustered all our experience and knowledge to deliver a boat that is equally capable in Search and Rescue and Spill/Pollution Response operations”.

“With our new Fire and Rescue - the Sjøbrand - we take one giant step forward in our present capacity. Our older Fire boat Sjøsprøyt, delivered in 1975, is quite well maintained, but there have been quite some technological developments since the mid 1970s”, said Fire Chief Johnny Breivik. And he continued: “The Sjøbrand was designed to handle missions 365 days per year, in all weather conditions, and it will become a fundamental part of our overall Fire and Rescue Emergency Response.”

According to Breivik, rescue missions will be the main function for this new boat, and he also expects the Rescue Diver capacity to be relevant.

At the time the purchase of new Fire and Rescue was made public by the Bergen Fire Department, it was stated that the annual boat missions included 60 missions carried out with the Dive boat Frosken, 40-50 missions with the Fast Rescue, MOB boat Springeren, and 10-15 missions with the Fire boat Sjøsprøyt.

“In recent years we have seen a shift in mission focus, with a tendency of moving from Fire to Rescue. The bulk of our interventions are now Rescue missions that require a quick response. This new boat will meet the needs both in terms of capacity for Fire Figthing and Rescue, while being able to assist in Spill/Pollution missions. It will therefore allow us to replace the Fire Fighting and Diving boat we presently use and, in many cases, replace the Springeren", concluded Breivik.

Hallgeir Flem, Maritime Partner’s project leader for the Sjøbrand, underlined that this boat represents an entirely novel concept developed for Fire, Rescue and Spill/Pollution Emergency Response:

WATER CANNONS
Bergen has several fire propagation-sensitive areas close to the shore. The Sjøbrand is equipped with water cannons that can throw water to a distance of 90 meters, thus being adequately prepared for extinguishing fires along the waterfront of Bergen”, said Flem.

The boat is equipped with separate Volvo D4 engine powering the water cannons, which can pump a total of six thousand litres of seawater per minute, via two remote-controlled water cannons with a capacity of 2,000 liters per minute and 4,000 liters per minute, respectively. These water cannons can also be operated via wireless remote control.

Both the pump and the cannons can withstand continuous use over extended operations, and the dynamic positioning system on the boat can keep it stabilized and in place under all conditions without the need of mooring.

RESCUE READY
 “We have enjoyed a very positive and very close cooperation with the Bergen Fire Department during the development and production of the Sjøbrand”, said Gisle Anderssen, Sales and Marketing Director at Maritime Partner.

 “This Maritime Partner boat meets - and in most instances exceeds - all the requirements defined by the Bergen Fire Department when the contract was signed. The boat is one-of-a-kind in the Norwegian Fire Fighting force, and – at Maritime Partner – we’ve mustered all our experience and knowledge to deliver a boat that is equally capable in Search and Rescue and Spill/Pollution Response operations, stated Gisle Anderssen.

Maritime Partner has an extended experience of delivery of larger closed cabin boats in this segment, both to Norwegian and to international customers.

WELL EQUIPPED WORKING PLATFORM
This new boat fulfils the requirements for safe working conditions of both crew and passengers. It is equipped with advanced searchlights, and a gyroscope stabilized thermal imaging camera, to assist the search of people under dark or low visibility conditions.

The boat’s hydraulic equipment, besides being dimensioned to operate the bow thruster and the anchor winch, is used for the operation of the deck crane, and includes outlets on deck for connecting additional gear, such as hydraulic driven pumps and cutting equipment.

The design of the boat deck allows for easy and safe access into and out of the sea. It includes an open deck area to transport and access the equipment necessary for Diver Rescue missions, and has two waterproofed, heated, dive lockers on the aft deck, where divers can easily take on and off the diving equipment without third party assistance.

Inside there is enough space for bringing in stretchers for treatment and assistance in case of drowning and other accidents.

The boat can also be used to assist in the initial phase of Spill/Pollution Response, and is fully equipped to meet the requirements for these situations. It can carry oil containment booms and recovery skimmers, as well as transport equipment, etc.

According to Gisle Anderssen , the Sjøbrand is the first Norwegian-built boat approved and certified for the new regulations of the Sjøfartsdirektoratet (Norwegian Maritime Authority) for the construction and supervision of smaller cargo ships, which came into force on the 1st of January, 2015 and the regulations concerning the operation of vessels with 12 or fewer passengers, as well as the regulations concerning the use of vessels in Oil Spill Emergency Response.

PROPULSION SYSTEM
The boat is equipped with a Volvo Penta IPS (Inboard Performance System) propulsion system. Hallgeir Flem explained that the propellers on the IPS are positioned forward, and thus pull the boat through the water instead of the traditional propulsion. The engines themselves are 2x Volvo Penta IPS 900 (700hp each), which provide a maximum speed with full crew and equipment of 32 knots.

The IPS system follows the same principle of a propeller in an aircraft. It can operate with increased efficiency because the propellers are continuously working in uniform water conditions. The propellers are also always completely parallel to the bottom of the boat, and thus all power is fully converted into propulsion. The IPS provides good maneuverability, enhanced acceleration, and reduced parameters of noise and vibration.

COMFORT ON BOARD
The crew from Bergen Fire Department have already been training on the use of the Sjøbrand at Maritime Partner’s facilities, and this training will continue in Bergen before the boat is called into action for this coming New Year’s season.

The crew will get to know this new working tool very well, while enjoying its high comfort standards. While in operation, the boat has room for 12 firefighters/passengers and a crew of two. The area below deck includes a relaxation room, as well as a lounge equipped with tables and seating for twelve persons.

The wheelhouse includes three damped control chairs with armrests, neck rests and safety harnesses from NorSap. The wheelhouse also includes three fixed West Mekan chairs.

The boat is remarkably quiet while in operation; on board, the noise level at a full speed of more than 30 knots is 63 to 65 decibels.

While working in close cooperation with the Bergen Fire Department, we put a lot of effort in creating a pleasant bridge environment, with ergonomic layout of navigation and communication gear which will satisfy both the most recent and the historically recognized principles of navigational instrumentation layout.

TWO THOUSAND BOATS AND COUNTING
Maritime Partner has been supplying, for 21 years, Rescue and Patrol boats to customers all over the world. In 2015 the company will be delivering their 2000th boat which - as with all other boats delivered over Maritime Partner’s long career - will fulfill the highest standards for operation in extreme situations and environments.

Maritime Partner began the construction of Sjøbrand in September 2014 and the boat was formally delivered on the 26th of November - after its maiden voyage between Ålesund and Bergen, during which it saw heavy seas, when crossing over Stadt. After an initial training period, the vessel is due in operation at the beginning of 2016.

By Jake Frith

Technical data:

Overall length: 18,39 metres

Length hull: 17,50 metres

Length waterline: 15,75 metres

Breadth hull: 4,50 metres

Breadth max: 5,00 metres

Draught: 1,50 metres

Weight fully loaded: 28.000 kg

Speed: 30-33 knots

Engine:

Std: 2x VOLVO PENTA “IPS 900” - 700 HP

Alt: Other approved engines

Propulsion:

Std: Volvo Penta IPS

Alt: Waterjet Hamilton or similar

Materials

Hull made of marine aluminium.

Superstructure made of aluminium

The fender is made of special foam, and

protected with tailor-made PVC cover.

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