Ship & Boat International: eNews April 2020
Spanish boatbuilder AISTER has delivered a marine grade-aluminium fireboat to the Airport of Mauritius (AML). The boat will be operated by the Coast Guard of Mauritius and will serve the AML in Blue Bay. As well as tackling any fires affecting the airport, the vessel will perform search and rescue work in the event of an air accident.
The custom-built boat has a length of 11m (oa) / 10m (hull), a breadth of 4m and a draught of 600mm, and is powered by twin 250hp (186kW) outboards, which enable a top speed of 32knots. The firefighting system comprises a diesel motor pump, located aft, connected to bow and stern monitors, and is rated 240m3/hr. AISTER says: “The firefighting equipment can be controlled manually or remotely from the cabin, and the owner has the option of increasing the capacity of the motor pump.”
The hard-top cabin incorporates side windows for 360° visibility and features eight folding seats in the stern for the crew. The cockpit houses a pair of life rafts for 100 passengers.
On the exterior, the hull is protected by a closed-cell polyethylene fender, reinforced with a polyurethane skin. AISTER adds that it can customise these boats for multipurpose roles and in various outboard, centre console and cabin configurations.