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April 28, 2010

NYFD fireboat leaves shipyard

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. reports that the first of two New York City Fireboats departed its Nelson Street, Panama City, Florida, shipyard on Saturday, April 24, for its delivery voyage to New York. The vessel Three Forty Three is named in honor of the 343 firefighters who lost their lives at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

These new, state of the art vessels will completely modernize the Marine Operations department of FDNY, with the Three Forty Three replacing the fifty year old John D. McKean and the Fire Fighter II replacing the seventy year old Fire Fighter. The 140 foot, 500 ton fireboats will be able to pump 50,000 gallons of water per minute - 30,000 gallons more than their predecessors - providing the greatest pumping capacity of any fireboat in the world.

The Three Forty Three was designed by the Vancouver based naval architect Robert Allan Ltd.

Features include the capability of protecting firefighters from Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear agents (CBRN). While performing in any of these hostile environments, the crew will be protected in a pressurized area that will also have its air supply filtered by special charcoal and HEPA filters.

It is powered by four MTU main engines each producing 2,000 hp and can reach speeds up to 18 knots. The pilot house offers a 360 degree view as well as a command and control area where Chief Officers will be able to monitor and direct the operations with the aid of remote cameras and a large array of state-of-the-art communication equipment.

The second fireboat, the Firefighter II, is scheduled to join the New York fleet mid-summer.

Principle characteristics of the vessels are:

Length, overall 140 ft

Length, waterline 130 ft

Beam, molded 36 ft

Depth, molded 16 ft

Draft (maximum) 9 ft

Air draft design loaded waterline to highest point 39 ft (maximum)

Main Engines MTU 4 x 2000 HP

Calm water trial speed: 20 mph at fully loaded condition operating at 100 percent vessel power rating (8,000 hp) and 15% sea margin.

Design sea state: 6 ft significant wave height

Pumping capacity: 20,000 gpm on two engines as fire-fighting ship and 50,000 gpm on four engines as pumping station

Monitor throw: 700 ft from midships

Operating crew - seven (7)

Fire-fighters - 27 in transit

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