The Fort Ripley is the nation’s first high-speed offshore response vessel, designed by C. Raymond Hunt Associates and built by Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding. The Fort Ripley represents the prototype for the RORC fleet, which will eventually consist of approximately 20 vessels varying in length from 55’ to 75’.
RORC’s fire-fighting emergency response vessels will incorporate the following features:
- 28-knot service speed with a range of 500 nautical miles
- 3,500 GPM dual-monitor foam fire-fighting system with dedicated diesel pump engine (sufficient for all tanker traffic currently trading in the region, and for Post-Panamax vessels up to approximately 14,000 TEU or 165,000 gross tons, applying the same GPM to deck area ratio as the current version of 33 CFR 155).
- Dynamic positioning to maintain station when monitors activated.
- Coast Guard-certificated for a 12-person response team plus crew, with overnight accommodations.
- Diver platform.
- Dual-purpose breathing apparatus recharging system for both fire and dive equipment.
- 1,000-pound crane for debris removal and equipment transfer.
- Deck cargo capacity for additional fire pumps, foam packs or lightering pumps, with hoses and associated gear.
- VHF and satellite voice communications.
- Day/night cameras with satellite data uplink.
- Pyrolance steel penetrating nozzle system.