Response Vessels:

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.

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