Fast response firefighting vessel

The vessel can fire 4,500 litres of water per minute
The vessel can fire 4,500 litres of water per minute
The 14m vessel will deliver speeds of up to 32 knots
The 14m vessel will deliver speeds of up to 32 knots
AMC's Nigel True (left) and Steve Jube from Angloco Limited at the launch
AMC's Nigel True (left) and Steve Jube from Angloco Limited at the launch

A leading aluminium vessel manufacturer, working in a tri-partnership agreement has launched a high performance, first-in-class fire-fighting vessel.

The tri-partnership was signed between AMC, Naval Architect Walker Marine Design and Firefighting supplier Angloco Limited to design and build the Firefighting vessel, formally named Barracuda.

Built at AMC’s Shipyard in Cowes, Isle of Wight (UK), and destined for service in South America, the Barracuda Fire-fighting vessel is the first build of a new generation of Fire-fighting vessels which has been specifically designed and built to undertake multiple roles to meet the risks and hazards of modern-day marine fire-fighting.

AMC Founder and Director, Nigel True commented that “the order was a vote of confidence for the UK Marine Industry, the UK economy and emerging export market for Fire-Fighting and multi-role vessels.”

The 14m vessel will deliver speeds of up to 32 knots and, with pumps powered by John Deere Marine engines, supply up to 4,500 litres of water per minute from each monitor. The twin John Deere 6090SFM85 inboard engines were supplied by E. P. Barrus Ltd. and have a power rating of 242kW (325hp) at 2100 RPM. The engines are M1 duty rated – the heaviest duty available – and can be used at full wide-open throttle 24 hours a day.

“Barracuda has been an interesting and exciting vessel to work with,” commented Sam Pearson, Sales Engineer for John Deere Marine engines at E. P. Barrus Ltd. “Although we have worked on fire-fighting vessels before, this is a first for us in the UK, so it was brilliant to be part of the project and carry out successful sea trials with the Aluminium Marine Consultants team."

AMC has named its new class of vessels the ‘FiFi’ range, which an abbreviation of ‘Fire-fighting’. This state-of-the-art range offers a diverse array of configurations with both mono hull and catamaran; all the vessels have proven sea-keeping abilities with proven hull design with propulsion type to suit the task needs.

The vessels have the options of waterjets, conventional propellers, Voith Linear jets and hybrid propulsion, with firefighting performance to meet the risk of the individual operators. This allows the range of vessels to offer high-performance for any marine-based emergencies and which can be supplied to type and classification approval and to meet NFPA 1925 and DNV Fi Fi regulations.

For operator versatility and flexibility, the 16 metre to 23 metre vessels have the option to be supplied with a system of demountable containers, called PODs. The PODs can be built in many configurations from open flatbed to a four-sided container, with canvas sides or multiple doors. The roles that the PODs can carry out can be suited to meet the necessary risk needs assessment and include functionalities such as drone operations, search & rescue and breathing apparatus support.

After safely being delivered to Customer Angloco Limited, who has recently celebrated a 50th anniversary milestone for designing, manufacturing and supplying special purpose fire-fighting and rescue vehicles and equipment in over 50 countries world-wide, the vessel has now commenced its export journey to Guyana, South America. Angloco commented, “The New Fireboat has exceeded expectations and offers amazing performance and design.”

Founded in 2007, AMC is headquartered alongside the River Medina in Cowes and East Cowes, Isle of Wight, and employs 35 staff. Specialising in the build of aluminium alloy workboats for a wide range of applications, the company has built 46 vessels, predominately aluminium alloy workboats, for applications including crew transfer, pilotage, rescue and recovery.

AMC also specialises in small aluminium and stainless steel projects and uniquely offers a bespoke consultancy service which involves routinely travelling world-wide to provide training and support across an extensive scope of entities throughout the Marine Sector.

AMC is accredited to ISO 9001, 14001 and 18001 by the British Assessment Bureau and is committed to ensuring projects are commissioned to the highest standard in a safe and environmentally responsible way.

By Jake Frith

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