Cummins Marine Diesels Power Fire/Rescue Boat For City Of Avalon

A pair of Cummins 6BTA5.9-M1 marine diesels were selected to power a new rough-water fire/rescue vessel recently delivered to the Avalon Harbor Patrol of Catalina Island. The 7-1/2-ton, 12-foot-beam, 32-foot-long boat was built by Seaway Boat Company of Long Beach, Calif. It has been placed in service handling emergency boating situations in and around the Catalina Island waters.

The high-performance 6BTA5.9- M1 diesels are turbocharged and after cooled. They produce 250 horsepower at 2,600 rpm and turn 21-inch by 24-inch propellers through 1-1/2-inch shafts that nets a top speed of 30 knots.

Other equipment includes a 36- mile Furuno radar, Micrologic Loran C, Polaris VHF/ADF, standard VHF, and department radios. The design, construction, and performance of Rescue 2 has been so well received that Los Angeles County is having a duplicate craft built by Seaway. It is also expected to be stationed at Catalina Island.

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