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Metal Shark delivers 75 ft port security fireboat

Written by Nick Blenkey
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Based on the shipbuilder's Endurance-class catamaran design, the welded aluminum vessel incorporates sophisticated technology to support fire rescue missions, Command and Control (C2) operations, and around-the-clock port security efforts at the port, which stretches 54 miles along the Mississippi River.

Twin Cat C-18 diesel engines in a conventional straight-shaft inboard configuration propel the vessel's catamaran hull to cruising speeds of 25 knots while giving it a nominal operating range of over 500 miles.

For firefighting, two dedicated drive engines channel up to 6,000 total gallons per minute through an oversized water main where electronic valves divert water to three radio frequency-controlled monitors. Four additional 2.5" hydrant connections and a 400-gallon foam reservoir provide maximum flexibility across the spectrum of firefighting needs.

The spacious pilothouse provides 360-visibility and comfortable below decks quarters offer bunking capacity for six or more crew members, fully equipping the vessel to stay on station for extended periods.

A state of the art Command and Control suite facilitiates multi-agency coordination during emergency response events, with a positive-pressure Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and high-yield Explosive (CBRNE) ventilation system protecting the crew in disaster response situations.

"Our 75 ft Endurance is the most advanced fireboat design on the market, incorporating crew friendly features and advanced systems throughout," said Metal Shark president Chris Allard. "Metal Shark is honored to have been selected by PSLA to deliver this new vessel. We trust that this new Metal Shark will meet PSLA's needs, help keep their port secure, and potentially save many lives for years to come."

A product of Metal Shark's Franklin, LA, shipyard, the 75 ft Endurance can be custom-configured to suit a wide range of mission profiles. Metal Shark offers the vessel with a wide range of power and propulsion systems, including conventional inboards, water jets and pods, to meet various performance requirements.

Virtually every vessel feature, from firefighting equipment and capacity, onboard systems, general arrangement, berth capacity, etc. can be adapted to suit the needs of individual customers and agencies. In addition to port security and fire rescue, the 75 ft Endurance can be configured for dive support, law enforcement, defense, and numerous commercial markets. Endurance-class vessels are available from 45 ft and up.

OCTOBER 14, 2015 — Jeanerette, LA, based shipbuilder Metal Shark has delivered a 75 ft multipurpose port security vessel custom built for the Port of South Louisiana.

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