Government agencies add workhorses
plethora of vessels make their way across New York Harbor everyday—ferries taking passengers to and from the outer boroughs and national landmarks; tugs pushing barges down the East River; the FDNY’s (Fire Department of New York) Three Forty Three fireboat— and now, being added to the mix is a brand new vessel for the NYPD’s (New York Police Department’s) Harbor Unit. Delivered in early November by builder Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, A Duclos Corporation, Somerset, MA, the patrol boat, named Det. Dillon Stewart, is the first in a series of five—three 61-footers and two 71-footers—being built for the NYPD’s Harbor Unit; and is the first high-speed vessel outfitted for the unit’s dive team. Designed by C. Raymond Hunt, New Bedford, MA, the vessel features a deep-V hull design with a squared off bow, and fendering and knees raised above the main deck to facilitate bow landings. The versatile patrol boat was designed to respond to emergencies across New York City’s waterways. It includes a pilothouse offering 360-degree visibility—vital to search and rescue operations; a patient triage area in the forecastle; a diver’s ready-room; a decontamination shower and a 13-ft inflatable tender, launched by a hydraulic, knuckle-boom crane. The vessel, which can reach a top speed of 35 32 MARINE LOG January 2014
knots, is powered by two MTU-10V2000M94 diesel engines, each producing 1,600 bhp at 2,450 rev/min and driving a pair of Hamilton HM521 water jets through ZF3000 gearboxes. “This boat is now the largest vessel in our fleet, and also one of the fastest,” said NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly at the vessel’s launch. “It will enable us to transport more equipment and personnel and help our SCUBA team carry out the life-saving work they do every day, from rescue operations, to conducting searches for people and evidence, to inspecting piers, sea wall, and ship hulls as part of our counterterrorism mission.” Keeping up with its tradition of honoring New York’s finest, the boat was named after Detective Dillon Stewart, who was shot and killed by a motorist on November 28, 2005. The vessel, said Kelly, “will serve as a lasting reminder, not only of the service and sacrifice of a fallen hero, but also the ideals Dillon Stewart and many other police officers have given their lives to defend.”
Eighth FRC delivered to USCG Lockport, LA-based Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., has delivered the eighth Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the United States Coast Guard. Named the Charles Sexton, the 154 ft patrol craft is based on the proven Damen Stan Patrol Boat 478 design. Considered a “game changer,” the FRC has a flank speed of
28 knots, state-of-the-art command, control, communications and computer technology, and a stern launch system for the vessel’s 26 ft cutter boat. The Charles Sexton was delivered to the 7th Coast Guard District in Key West, FL and will be stationed at USCG Sector Key West, according to Chris Bollinger, President, Bollinger Shipyards. The Coast Guard will commission the vessel March 2014. As with its predecessors, the eighth FRC was named after a Coast Guard hero, Machinery Technician First Class Charles Sexton who gave his life during a rescue operation. He was posthumously awarded the Coast Guard Medal for extraordinary heroism.” The Coast Guard’s plan is to acquire 58 FRCs to replace the aging 110-ft Island Class patrol boat fleet. To date, the Coast Guard has ordered 24 FRCs.
HSMSTs for US Navy The USCG isn’t the only federal government agency adding new members to its fleet. The U.S. Navy recently awarded contracts to two boat builders down in the Gulf Coast for the construction of an estimated 495 high-speed maneuverable surface target boats (HSMSTs). Alabama-based Silver Ships Inc. and Metal Shark Aluminum Boats, Jeanerette, LA, were each awarded a separate firm-fixedprice, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity