Friday, May 16, 2014

Foss Holds Dedication Ceremony for New Fireboat

By Mark Edward Nero

The first of two new technologically advanced fireboats that Foss Maritime is building for the Port of Long Beach was dedicated in a blessing ceremony earlier this month at Foss Maritime’s Seattle shipyard.

Foss Senior Vice President Gary Faber, made opening remarks during the May 1 ceremony. He praised the hardworking men and women who helped construct the vessel. Also among the speakers were POLB Deputy Chief Harbor Engineer Peter Forsythe and Mike Magill, Vice President of Foss’ Technical Services, who introduced the Rev. David Marshall of St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church of Shoreline, who blessed the vessel.

Xavier Espino, Battalion Chief of the Long Beach Fire Department, was also present, as was his wife Colleen, who had the honor of breaking the ceremonial bottle of champagne across the fireboat’s hull.

The vessel, named Fireboat 20, is being readied for service and is scheduled for delivery to Long Beach this summer.

Fireboat 20 has a Voith Schneider Cycloidal propulsion system that allows for exceptional maneuverability, a firefighting system with a pumping capacity of 41,000 gallons per minute, and seven caterpillar engines. It is designed as a state-of-the-art command center, with a CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense) system that protects the firefighters from threats.

A second fireboat for the Port of Long Beach is also under construction and is expected to be delivered in late 2014 or early 2015, according to Foss.