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Walker Marine Design celebrates contract win with Canada’s MetalCraft Marine Inc. for new-build fire-fighting vessel

Monday, 30th September 2019

The team at the award-winning naval architect firm, Walker Marine Design (WMD), has announced the contract win of a specialist, new fire-fighting (FiFi) vessel order from Canada’s MetalCraft Marine Inc. (MCM).

The new vessel, namely the FireCat is first in class and has been customised to precisely meet MCM’s Kuwaiti customer’s specific requirements. The end-user required a high-speed catamaran being capable of delivering a multitude of duties including; vessel escort, humanitarian and disaster relief, casualty evacuation and marine fire-fighting.

Following extensive research and discussion, the resultant design for the craft is based on a wind farm service vessel (WFSV), which provides the solution to speed and stability, together with enhanced access via extended stern platforms, as well as a docking station and crane for the daughter craft. 

The FiFi vessel will be equipped with two MTU engines delivering speeds of up to 25 knots.  She features a twin-storied wheelhouse which will provide excellent visibility, will carry four crew, and is fitted with 4 berth cabin, medical room, and equipment storage space. She also uniquely boasts six monitors, which deliver 11,000 gallons per minute. 

Eric Connell, of MCM comments: “Having seen their previous vessel builds, we were confident of WMD’s experience in designing high speed catamarans and therefore approached them to discuss our vessel aspirations. The team at WMD provide an exceptional level of design expertise and are highly responsive. We are confident that this is the start of a fruitful and long-lasting relationship between our businesses.”

James Walker, Principal Naval Architect of WMD comments: “This is a fantastic achievement for WMD, particularly as we have been selected from a global list of established players. This vessel wholly reflects our business’ ethos of delivering innovative naval architecture to a worldwide audience. Our designs are already operating successfully in Asia, Europe and the Americas, and this contract further cements our belief that WMD is the best in its field.”

Headquartered in Southampton, UK, WMD’s vessel designs span pilot boats, workboats, research & survey ships, wind farm service vessels, through to specialist craft for high speed patrolling and for search and rescue operations. WMD designed craft are in active service globally, operating as far afield as South America, UK, central Europe and Asia.

WMD recently unveiled its first in class 14 metre high-speed FiFi pilot vessel, which was built with Aluminium Marine Consultants as part of a tri-party agreement together with UK leading emergency services vehicle supplier, Angloco, for clients in South America. 

The 25 metre FireCat build will commence imminently, with delivery to Kuwait anticipated in 2021.
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