Edgewater, Fla,-based Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (BCGP) has designed a 21'4"x8'8" mission specific boat for the Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC). The specialized 650 IMPACT RHIBs are engineered to fit aboard MSRC Responder Class Oil Spill Response Vessels (OSRVs) and will act as a support boat for oil recovery operations. Each of MSRC's 15 OSRVs will be outfitted with two of the 650 IMPACT boats.
Powered by a Volvo Penta D3-170hp inboard diesel engine, this configuration of the 650 IMPACT has Volvo Penta SX outdrive with jackshaft kit to allow for the engine to be installed forward underneath the console.
With a maximum horsepower of 230hp, the fleet of custom 650 IMPACT RHIBs is capable of speeds up to 40 mph. The fleet is equipped with robust lift fittings and slings designed to integrate with the existing MSRC ship hoist and davit system. Each vessel has a 60 gal. fuel capacity and room for 12 people aboard.
"Because of our custom boat building capabilities, we were able to customize the boat to fit MSRC's existing onboard lifting system, which was a huge benefit to the customer because no modifications to their ships systems were required," said BCGP Director of Engineering, Keith Ranieri.
MSRC has already taken delivery of 10 units, and will accept 20 more this year.