Vigor Fab to construct new San Francisco fireboat


The following is the text of a news release from Vigor Industrial:

(SEATTLE) — Vigor Fab has been awarded a contract to build a fireboat for the San Francisco Fire Department. Vigor Fab will begin construction of the 88-by-25-by-14-foot vessel this fall in Seattle.

Designed by Jensen Maritime Consultants, the fireboat will have a top speed of 11.5 knots in full load condition and accommodate up to three crewmembers and four firefighters aboard the vessel. The fireboat engines are EPA Tier III certified Cummins QSK19-M, which have a maximum engine horsepower of 750 bhp at 1800 rpm. Its firefighting system consists of six Stang fire monitors, which will be supplied with water and foam from three 6,000 gpm fire pumps.

“We look forward to working with Vigor on this project and also to the day the new boat will be on the water protecting the people of San Francisco,” said Assistant Deputy Chief Kyle Merkins of the San Francisco Fire Department’s Division of Homeland Security.

“We’ve been aggressively ramping up our ability to fabricate complex vessels. This project is an excellent opportunity to put that preparation into action for our customer,” said Bryan Nichols, director of sales at Vigor Fab, a subsidiary of Vigor Industrial. Nichols added that Vigor’s experienced shipbuilding team and facilities in Seattle make the shipyard an excellent choice for the fireboat project.

The fireboat is scheduled to be delivered to the SFFD by fall 2015.

By Professional Mariner Staff