Fireboat Chief Seattle

  • Customer: City of Seattle
  • Industry: Alternative energy
  • Type: Repair & Refit
  • Year: 2013

Project Brochure

Vigor teams in Everett, WA completed a major retrofit of the 97’ Chief Seattle, a centerpiece of the Seattle Fire Department’s efforts to improve and upgrade its fireboat fleet. Originally built in 1984, Vigor transformed Chief Seattle into a modern firefighting machine capable of pumping 10,000 gallons of water per minute and outfitted with state-of-the-art technology. The work will easily extend her service life by another 20 years.

This 97' x 25' aluminum fireboat, originally built in 1984, was retrofitted by skilled workers in Vigor's Everett, WA shipyard. With 10,000 square feet of covered shop area and an additional 40' x 100' x 40' covered canvas area in the yard, Vigor's Everett facility is ideal for any complex retrofit of vessels up to 150 tons.

The retrofit of Chief Seattle took a little over one year to complete. All structures from the main deck up were replaced. The engine room was gutted. All new engine foundations and structures were installed to convert the vessels from a triple to a double screw. Shafting and propellers along with two new bow thrusters were installed. Extensive aluminum work was performed including the fabrication of six new sea chests, new engine and deck room plating and support structures, hand railings and piping systems. Other installations included two new Caterpillar pump engines with four 2,500 gallon a minute pumps; firefighting technology that includes deck, house top and under wharf monitors; firefighting foam and spray that protects the vessel; and a complete electrical package with two new 60KW generator sets, switchboard, electronics package, alarms and advanced monitoring systems with touch screen displays. The deck house, which was built off site, was then set and welded to the existing hull.

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