Tuesday, May 09, 2017
With siren blaring, the Westport Police Department’s new marine vessel, Marine 1, today arrived at the Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach.
The 33-foot, all-season vessel built by Naiad Inflatables of Newport, Rhode Island replaces a 27-foot Boston Whaler that was retired in 2012 after more than 14 years of service.
Since then, police and town personnel “have worked diligently to acquire the vessel which arrived today,” said Lt. David Farrell.
Town bodies in March and April 2014 approved $350,000 for purchase of the vessel.
“The new vessel is critical to our Marine Patrol Division, giving us a boat that’s in the water 365 days a year,” said Police Chief Foti Koskinas.
“I would like to thank the surrounding towns of Norwalk and Fairfield who assisted us with mutual aid these past few years while our boat was being built.”
According to Farrell, the vessel was piloted from Rhode Island to Westport by the Westport Marine Division officers.
Former Police Chief Dale Call told the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) during discussion about the appropriation that the old Marine 1, despite its age, remained on call year round, fielding 400 calls annually, more than eight during harsh winter months. (See WestportNow April 2, 2014)
He said the new boat would be more durable with an aluminum hull instead of a fiberglass one, and that it has an expected 20-year life span.
He also noted the boat also features a walk-around cabin so officers do not have to tread the gunwales in rough seas. And unlike the then Marine 1, the new one would be equipped with heat and air conditioning, Call said.
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