Metal Shark delivers new pump boat to AL department
JEANARETTE, LA – July 29, 2021: Shipbuilder Metal Shark introduced the 38 Defiant NXT, a next-generation welded aluminum unibody cockpit model based on the company’s popular 38 Defiant platform. The first new vessel, “Fire Boat 2”, has been delivered to Orange Beach Fire Rescue in Alabama.
Since 2011, well over 100 older models of Defiant ships have been delivered in a wide variety of configurations to the United States Fire Department, Law Enforcement, Coast Guard and Navy, as well as ‘to many foreign armies around the world. The new 38 Defiant NXT uses the same proven hull shape, but with an all-new top arrangement designed by Metal Shark’s in-house engineering team.
In addition to the recent delivery to Orange Beach Fire Rescue, Metal Shark is currently building 38 Defiant NXT water pumps for the Chicago Fire Department, South King County (Washington) Fire and Rescue Service, and the Miami-Dade Fire Department, which has two units on order. . As with the previous generation model, the 38 Defiant NXT is also offered in configurations optimized for law enforcement or military use and can be equipped with autonomous capability via Metal Shark’s Sharktech Autonomous Vessels division.
“Redesigning one of our best-selling models at the height of its popularity was not a task we took lightly, but through our efforts we have made significant improvements to an already existing platform. exceptional, ”said Chris Allard, CEO of Metal Shark. Orange Beach Fire Rescue’s new 38 Defiant NXT Pump Boat and the many other Pump Boats currently in production are a direct result of our goal to consistently deliver the most advanced designs in the industry through evolution. continues products. “
The 38 Defiant NXT boasts a modern layout with an innovative new pilothouse design. The use of Metal Shark’s ‘pillarless glass’ dramatically reduces blind spots to provide premium visibility in the wheelhouse, while a reverse-tilt windshield with a prominent shade reduces heat load and l ‘glare. A network of overhead skylights provides unobstructed upward views, useful when operating alongside larger vessels or structures or during helicopter accommodation operations. Large, quickly sliding side windows and an extra-large cabin door facilitate communication with crew members in the cockpit and allow quick and easy entry and exit of fully-dressed firefighters.
Twin engine-driven Hammond HVAC units provide climate control for a spacious cabin fitted with SHOXS 2000 shock-absorbing three-person seats, with one seat on each console. A port side bench seat with backrest provides additional seating with lockable storage compartments below. A pair of large, sturdy grab bars are installed above the head, within easy reach of the standing crew. For Orange Beach Fire Rescue, a complete set of Raymarine electronics, a FLIR thermal imaging system and a positive pressure Chemical, Radiological, Biological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) Crew Protection System
have been provided. Meanwhile, a non-slip, vibration-damping and shock-absorbing floor covering provides additional comfort and safety.
The cuddy bow cabin is accessible via an extra-large companionway and provides ample dry storage for gear. Fire departments such as Orange Beach Fire Rescue often choose a fully open forward cabin for maximum storage. Alternatively, the cuddy can be fitted with a V-berth, galley and closed main compartment. The 38 Defiant NXT is also offered in an open arc version.
A no-frills deck layout allows firefighters to do their jobs safer and more efficiently. Crews benefit from wide open workspaces that facilitate safe and secure bow-to-stern movement, even while wearing heavy firefighting gear. The wide, non-slip gangways feature low-level LED lighting for nighttime missions, while all rails and grab handles are sturdy in construction and placed within easy reach. A WING urethane-wrapped closed-cell foam collar provides impact resistance during parallel maneuvers, a sturdy bow pushing knee provides additional utility, and a large dive platform and cockpit bottle holders rear have been added for divers.
Orange Beach Fire Rescue’s new 38 Defiant NXT is powered by twin 550 HP Cummins QSB 6.7 inboard diesel engines mated to Hamilton HTX30 water jets with Blue Arrow control system via Twin Disc MG 5065 SC transmissions. This configuration allows this fully equipped 43 ‘x 12’ pumpboat to sail at 30 knots and reach top speeds of over 40 knots while providing superb maneuverability at all speeds. The 38 Defiant NXT is available with a wide range of propulsion types and can reach top speeds of over 50 knots when powered by triple outboard motors.
For firefighting, the Orange Beach Water Pump delivers 3,000 GPM, with dual 1500 GPM Darley fire pumps driven via PTO from the main engines. Each pump draws from its own sea chest in the hull, feeding a central manifold with crossover capability, which in turn feeds the entire system. From the helm station on the port side, the flow is directed at will via electronically controlled valves. The vessel is equipped with a remote controlled Elkhart Scorpion EXM electric roof monitor, two Elkhart Copperhead manual monitors aft, two hand-line sockets and a 5-inch Storz connection.
“By working closely with our customers and relying directly on their feedback, we continue to drive change across our product portfolio,” said Dean Jones, Metal Shark vice president of sales for fire, law enforcement and specialized markets. “Today we offer the industry’s most modern line of fire rescue vessels, each based on a proven hull. Designed to perform and built to last, Metal Shark pump boats continue to gain popularity among the nation’s major fire departments.
Metal shark is a diversified shipbuilder specializing in the design and construction of welded aluminum and steel vessels from 16 ‘to over 300’ for defense, law enforcement and commercial operators. Major customers include US Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Air Force, Army, Foreign Armed Forces, Law Enforcement, Fire Departments, Operators of passenger ships, pilot associations, tug operators and other customers around the world. With three fully self-contained shipbuilding facilities in Alabama and Louisiana, USA, as well as a dedicated engineering facility in Croatia, Metal Shark’s 500-plus employees produce over 200 ships per year with a sheet of proud and proven road in terms of punctual and high quality deliveries. www.metalsharkboats.com.