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Moose Boats Delivers Fire/Rescue Boat Moose Boats delivered a M2-35 fire/rescue boat to the Tiburon Fire Protection District of Tiburon, Calif. The vessel is a 35.5 ft. all aluminum catamaran powered by twin Cummins 380 hp turbo diesels propelled by Hamilton HJ292 water jets. The boat can attain a top speed of more than 35 knots and operates at a service speed of approximately 27 knots. The vessel is outfitted with fire-fighting and dewatering equipment as well as an 84-in. bench seat for patient care with extensive storage lockers for medical and fire-fighting supplies in the cabin. The M2-35 vessel is fully equipped to mitigate open water emergencies including: search and rescue, medical support and transportation, hazardous material incidents as well as fire suppression, dewatering and dive operations. According to Tiburon Fire District's Chief Richard Pearce, "the strength of the M2-35 lies in its shallow 22-in. draft as well as a high degree of maneuverability particularly at lowspeeds during fire-fighting and dewatering incidents." In addition to fire-fighting on the waterfront, the vessel will support rescue operations and respond to emergencies on Angel Island. Moose Boats has constructed 23 water-jet vessels, of similar design, for the U.S. Navy and law enforcement agencies. Aker Yards Builds Large Construction Vessels Aker Yards site at Søviknes in Norway is to build two large construction vessels for DOFCON. The value of the two contracts is approximately $186m. The first vessel is of Aker OSCV 06 L design, developed by Aker Yards, and will be delivered from the yard spring 2009. The vessel is 153 m long. It will have DP Class 3 and Ice Class. The vessel will have a maximum speed of 18.5 knots, which is of significant importance for global operations in order to minimize mobilization time. The second vessel is scheduled for delivery spring 2008. It is 118 m long, and will be equipped with a 250 tons offshore crane, and will have DP Class 3. This vessel is also designed by Aker Yards. Makin Island (LHD-8) Christened The Northrop Grumman-built amphibious assault ship Makin Island (LHD 8) was christened recently. Makin Island is 844 x 106 ft. and weighs 42,800 tons. Its 70,000 horsepower hybrid propulsion system will drive it to speeds in excess of 20 knots. As a multi-purpose amphibious assault ship, it is designed to transport and land a Marine Expeditionary Unit, a force of almost 2,000 Marines, ashore by helicopter, landing craft and amphibious assault vehicle. It will also have secondary missions of sea control and power projection by helicopter and fixed-wing vertical short take-off and landing aircraft; command and control; and mission support, including a hospital with six operating rooms. 40