Hornblower's NYC ferries carrying Sea-Fire protection


(BALTIMORE, Md.) — Safety is a paramount concern to the NYC Ferry Service. That's why as Horizon Shipbuilding and Metal Shark continue to add to Hornblower's new fleet of 19 catamaran ferries, each will launch with state-of-the-art engineered fire detection and suppression systems from Sea-Fire Marine.

There are two designs for the Incat Crowther 85-by-26-foot, 150-passenger vessels, River and Rockaway, each with a slightly different engine space. Tested and approved in accordance with International Maritime Organization, SOLAS, Lloyd's MCA and U.S. Coast Guard requirements, Sea-Fire's H-Series fire suppression system was an ideal solution. It's engineered for a specific application, in this case to protect each of the hull's powerful 803 bhp at 2,100 rpm Baudouin 6 M26.3 Class P3 engines.

These suppression systems are linked to a single USCG-approved Sea-Fire FireStop fire control panel. This advanced detection device provides instant and clear identification of alarms and events, such as fire, heat and smoke. It provides crew the critical information needed for an immediate response.

Expected to be completed in 2018, the 19 vessels will run six routes covering more than 60 miles. The service is run by Hornblower. For more than 30 years, its fleet of over 70 passenger vessels have taken visitors to attractions such as Alcatraz Island, the Statue of Liberty and Niagara Falls. It's the largest dining cruise and charter yacht company in the US. Its websites are www.ferry.nyc and www.hornblower.com.

For more information about Sea-Fire Marine, visit www.sea-fire.com.

By Professional Mariner Staff