MetalCraft delivers CBRN police boat to Port of Los Angeles


The following is text of a news release from MetalCraft Marine:

(KINGSTON, Ontario) — The new Port of Los Angeles police boat from MetalCraft Marine is one of a new breed of CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear) detection patrol boats. A very fine bow entry is the critical design feature of all the Interceptor model line. Its high-speed rough water performance allows the operators to go offshore to inspect incoming ships before they enter the port for nuclear and hazardous chemical contaminants.

The boat is designed for rough water with ISO 12215 structure and equally important, stability to ISO 12217 Category B. Cat B means it can work safely in 13- to 17-foot waves. Its spotter windows are designed to allow a clear view of a ship’s upper superstructure and sheerline. In a hard turn, the side spotter windows give the operator an unobstructed view to either port or starboard while at a 45-degree heel.

The propulsion system is designed around reliability and ease of maintenance. It includes two Cummins 6.7-liter engines delivering 480 hp and Konrad heavy duty 680 duo-prop outdrives. This combination allows for a spacious engine room and easy access to all service points, minimizing down time. Oversize engine hatches provide access to all sides of the engines.

The boat is fitted with an aft deck helm, which allows an operator to be part of a boarding exercise or water rescue and provide additional support. The boat has a portable 900-pound davit for body recovery. The wide body version of the Interceptor line provides comfortable seating for three officers and extra seating for a boarding party or mass rescue. The boat has overwide side decks with cabin access from sliding doors.

The boat has a high-speed stainless deck windlass for when the boat is at anchor and surveilling the harbor and its entrance. It can bring up the anchor at a rapid rate safely with no chance of fouling to let the crew get underway immediately.

The electronics feature the latest Furuno Timezero navigation system, with 16-inch displays at the helm and a 24-inch screen at the command/navigation station. A four-way split screen permits viewing of navigation information, CCTV camera and infrared camera information simultaneously.

The boat has two powerful CBRN detection units that are the highest level available and are military grade.

By Professional Mariner Staff