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Watertown manufacturer nominated for prestigious award for fireboat design

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WATERTOWN — Local boat manufacturer MetalCraft Marine has been nominated for a prestigious award, the Most Significant Boat of the Year, from Workboat Magazine.

MCM, which has a manufacturing site in the Jefferson County Corporate Park, designed and built the FireCat 25M, christened the Monjeb 2, for Kuwait Fire Services.

It was manufactured between sites in Watertown and Kingston, Ontario, as a catamaran fireboat with a large amount of firefighting equipment on board, electronic control display that operates six fire monitors, pumps and hydraulic towers. The towers are tall enough to reach the decks of oil carriers that travel through Kuwait ports.

The Monjeb 2 is a National Fire Protection Agency Class I and II fireboat that can travel at speeds up to 27 knots, twice as fast as other NFPA fireboats but half as expensive.

Bob Clark, MCM contracts manager, said the build was the “first of its kind” and is a “next generation” fireboat.

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