International Dredging Review

International Dredging Review

Willard Marine Inc. delivered a SOLAS 670 rescue boat to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to serve aboard the dredge McFarland in Phila-delphia Pennsylvania.

Outfitted with a Volvo Penta D3 220hp in-board engine paired with a Hamilton Jet HJ2274 water jet the 22-foot five-inch SOLAS rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB) performs at speeds of up to 26.5 knots and accommodates nine passen-gers. A Cranston Eagle single-point lifting frame is incorporated into the SOLAS 670 to allow for a more dynamic launch and recovery system. Extensive safety features include a self-righting frame and a 40-ounce UV-resistant polyure-thane collar with a reinforced rub strake.

Willard Marine has manufactured SOLAS 670 vessels for agencies across the U.S. includ-ing the Military Sealift Command MAERSK National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administra-tion (NOAA) and the U.S. Navy for more than 10 years. Willard Marine also offers a 16-foot one-inch SOLAS 490 model and is awaiting Coast Guard certification for a 17-foot ten-inch SOLAS 540 and a 19-foot three-inch SOLAS 590.

The USACE Dredge McFarland maintains the navigation channel of the Delaware River and Bay and is made available for federal dredge navigation projects anywhere on the East and Gulf Coasts of the U.S.