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Wednesday, February 13, 2019 

A new fireboat, 'Branddirektor Westphal',is fitted withtwo Schottel Rudderpropellers and two transverse thrusters to enable maximum manoeuvrability and optimum efficiency.

The special vessel, operated by Flotte Hamburg, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hamburg Port Authority, and built at the Fassmer shipyard in Lower Saxony, is scheduled to enter service soon in the Port of Hamburg.

Fassmer and Schottel are united by a long-standing partnership. “We have worked closely with Schottel for many years now. On the basis of our positive experiences, with both reliable products and competent service, we once again opted for Schottel,” said Thomas Sass, Head of Shipbuilding Sales, Fassmer.

The Branddirektor Westphal is powered by two Caterpillar C18 engines, each with an output of 500kW. Each engine drives an azimuthing Schottel Rudderpropeller type SRP 190 FP with a propeller diameter of 1,350mm and an input power of 500kW. This enables the fireboat to reach an open-water speed of 12 knots. In combination with the two Rudderpropellers, two electrically driven transverse thrusters of type STT 170, each with a power output of 330kW, enable optimal manoeuvring and DP capability during firefighting or rescue operations.

The new emergency vessel for the Hamburg Fire Brigade is 44.14m long and 9.80m wide. It has three fire pumps that can spray up to 180m or to a height of up to 110m. Their pumping capacity of up to 120,000 litres of water per minute is three to four times that of the existing Flotte Hamburg fireboats. The pumps supply three water cannons and three combined water and foam nozzles.

In addition to firefighting, the vessel, named after Johannes Westphal, Hamburg’s first chief fire officer after the Second World War, is equipped for rescue and relief opera

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