November 14, 2022 – MetalCraft Marine (MCM) has been nominated for a prestigious industry award, the Most Significant Boat of the Year from Workboat Magazine.
MCM designed and manufactured the FireCat 25M, christened the Monjeb 2, for Kuwait Fire Services.
Starting in 2015 with a concept originated by the Director of Fire Services, MCM dedicated thousands of hours designing the fireboat systems to be flawless, easily operated and serviced.
Designed and manufactured between the MCM sites in Watertown, NY and Kingston, ON, the result is a 182,500lb catamaran with two extra wide hulls that are big enough to house large diesels and lots of firefighting equipment and offer greater stability on rough waters. The bridge is gigantic with a full width wraparound console that houses a full electronic control display that operates six fire monitors, pumps, and hydraulic towers. A very unusual electronic feature of the boat is the Radio Direction Finder, which is the only RDF that gives the latitude and longitude of the radio signal.
A specific requirement of the build are its towers that had to be tall enough to reach the decks of huge oil carriers that travel through Kuwait Ports exporting approx. 2,000,000 barrels of oil every day. The Monjeb 2 is a NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) Class I and II fireboat and through its innovative design, at 27 knots it is twice as fast as other NFPA fireboats and half the cost to build.
“This boat is the first of its kind, it has never been done before,” says Bob Clark, MCM Contracts Manager. “We’re proud of our entire team of skilled professionals and the suppliers who contributed to this next generation fireboat. We’re thrilled to be nominated for the Most Significant Boat of the Year. It feels good to have everyone’s hard work recognized for this innovative project.”
Every year Workboat magazine nominates ten significant boats based on a variety of criteria including original concept builds, innovative design, and advancing new workboat frontiers like wind energy. Industry peers and the readers of Workboat Magazine are invited to vote for their favourite vessel. The winner is determined by popular vote and will be announced at the International Workboat Show in New Orleans at the end of November. In 2020 MCM won the award for their Interceptor patrol boat that was built for the Los Angeles Port Police.
About MetalCraft Marine
MetalCraft Marine designs and manufactures premier high-performance custom aluminum boats for government and commercial markets. MCM has sites in Watertown, NY and Kingston, ON, and service centers across the US and Canada. MCM is a leader in CBRN design with CBRN vessels in most major US ports. MCM has been an approved United States GSA (General Services Administration) supplier since 1998 and have a customer base that spans the globe.