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Improve comfort, safety and maneuvering with Humphree.
By using Humphree's trim and stabilization system, you will reduce resistance, fuel consumption and environmental impact. It also means that the best possible performance and stability is achieved.

Humphree USA reports that it has won numerous orders this year for its automatic stabilization technology in the North American pilot boat segment, with nine new boats either delivered or under construction for eight different pilot associations.

"Humphree has established a strong reputation among architects, builders and operators in the pilot boat community," said Sean Berrie, president of Humphree USA. "That's because we can deliver a field-proven, fully automatic turnkey solution that provides improved comfort and higher safety margins when maneuvering alongside ships in rough seas. Better stabilization also optimizes vessel speed and performance and reduces fuel consumption substantially."

Humphree's transom-mounted electric-powered interceptors deploy retractable blades that adjust automatically to create lift that counteracts the vessel's roll and pitch motions, providing a smooth, stable ride even in extreme weather conditions. The interceptors' response times are less than one second. Humphree also supplies a range of automatic computer-controlled stabilization solutions, including Active Ride Control, which uses inputs from GPS, gyro and accelerometers to measure 3D rates of turn and acceleration to adjust the boat's roll, pitch, list and trim dynamically. The 24VDC systems are easy to install and low maintenance with no hydraulics.

The Brazos Pilots Association in Texas has taken delivery of a new 64-ft. launch equipped with a pair of Humphree custom tunnel-shaped HE 900 interceptors with automatic trim control. The Defiant-class custom-welded aluminum vessel, which was designed and built by Metal Shark, boasts a top speed of over 28 knots with a nominal cruising speed of 18 knots. It was selected by WorkBoat magazine as one of the 10 most significant boats of 2019.

The new 75.7-ft. Galveston-Class pilot boat delivered in March to the Southwest Alaska Pilots Association has two HA 1100 interceptors with Active Ride Control, including auto trim and auto list. The water-jet propelled launch with a top speed of 28 knots was designed by C. Raymond Hunt and built by Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation. 

The latest addition to the Lake Charles Pilots Association Fleet is a 70-ft. all-aluminum boat equipped with twin custom tunnel-shaped HE 1500 interceptors with Active Ride Control, including auto trim and auto list. The builder was Gladding-Hearn, and the architect was C. Raymond Hunt.

The Humphree stabilization package for Tampa Bay Pilots' new 54-ft. launch from Breaux Bay Craft includes two HE 1250 interceptors with Active Ride Control and Coordinated Turn Control.

In addition to these recent deliveries, Humphree interceptors and automatic stabilization systems are specified on five new pilot boats currently under construction. They include newbuilds for Virginia Pilots and Seaway Pilots from Gladding-Hearn, Los Angeles Pilots from Vigor and Long Beach Pilots from Nordlund Boat Company. The Long Beach Pilots vessel will include a set of Humphree fixed fins for course stabilization as well as interceptors with Active Ride Control and Coordinated Turn Control.

Capt. Ron Ward of the Southwest Alaska Pilots Association said, "In pilotage operations, we are required to operate day and night regardless of the weather, and it's vitally important to provide a safe platform for embarking and boarding pilots. We are very impressed with the ability of the Humphree interceptors and Active Ride Control to hold the boat steady and stable even with high winds and heavy seas and swells."

Peter Duclos, president of Gladding-Hearn, said, "We are installing Humphree interceptors as standard fit on most of our new Chesapeake-class pilot boats in response to demand from our customers. They are far superior to traditional trim tabs and do not require high-maintenance hydraulics."

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Video Robust pilot boats of Netherlands and Belgium

Found on YouTube. Created by "SEAL Sea Air Land".

These are some of the reliable sturdy Pilot boats of Netherlands and Belgium to bring and pick up Marine Pilots to and from commercial merchant vessels either inbound or outbound. The Marine Pilots are licensed PROFESSIONALS who have a thorough knowledge of a certain port and they guide the Master/Captain of commercial ships in and out of the foreign Seaport.

Location: Steenbank Pilot Station, Flushing/Vlissingen Pilot Station, Wandelaar Pilot Station.

Boats in order of appearance in this video:
00:05 *Pilot Boat Cetus of Netherlands (NL); Callsign: PHDH ; IMO#: 9367102 ; MMSI#: 246380000 ; Year Built: 2005 ; GRT: 228 ; Length X Beam (meters): 25.65 X 13.0 [Catamaran type/double hull]
Video link: https://youtu.be/pVlWGcOLVL0

01:03 *Pilot Boat Raan of Belgium (BE); Callsign: ORBX ; IMO#: 9680140 ; MMSI#: 205650000 ; Year Built: 2014 ; GRT: 53 ; Length X Beam (meters): 19.69 X 4.0 [conventional/single hull]

01:19 *Pilot Boat Westerschelde of Belgium (BE) ; Callsign: ORPV ; IMO#: 9569009 ; MMSI#: 205593000 ; Year Built: 2011 ; GRT: 227 ; Length X Beam (meters): 25.65 X 14.25 [Catamaran type/double hull]
Video link: https://youtu.be/pVlWGcOLVL0

02:49 *Pilot Boat Wielingen of Belgium (BE) [appeared as picture only] ; Callsign: ORPU ; IMO#: 9568990 ; MMSI#: 205592000 ; Year Built: 2011 ; GRT: 227 ; Length X Beam (meters): 25.65 X 14.25 [Catamaran type/double hull]

02:56 **Special Purpose Vessel / Pilot Vessel Polaris of Netherlands (NL); Callsign: PBZN ; IMO#: 9496915 ; MMSI#: 245142000 ; Year Built: 2012 ; GRT: 2,501 ; Length X Beam (meters): 81.2 X 13.3 [conventional/single hull]
Video link: https://youtu.be/70dcuZdQM1M

03:12 *Pilot Boat Pioneer Pilots of Netherlands (NL) ; Callsign: PCGX ; IMO#: N/A ; MMSI#: 245711000 ; Year Built: N/A ; GRT: N/A ; Length X Beam (meters): 21.0 X 6.0 [conventional/single hull]
Video link: https://youtu.be/XQds_uWnjuI

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Video Riding with the Savannah Pilots

Found on YouTube. Created by "FL92002".
Over the course of 4 days this August, I was afforded the opportunity and privilege of riding with the Savannah Bar Pilots for an article I was writing for a major maritime magazine. The pilots are given the responsibility of boarding a vessel in the Atlantic Ocean and safely navigating the vessel up the Tybee Road 9 (a name for the shipping lane that leads into the Savannah River), into the Savannah River, and into the Port of Savannah. The same is done in reverse when a ship is outbound for the Atlantic. In my time there, I got on the pilot boat Georgia a number of times and followed the pilots as they got on large ships, such as container ships, break bulk cargo ships, tankers, roll on/roll off ships, and more. In this compilation, we ride the pilot boat out at 37 knots to meet three different ships: 2 inbound container ships and an outbound tanker. In the first scenes, we're en-route to the first ship, which is the container ship Lena-S. Originally, she was the APL Indonesia, but she is now out as a chartered vessel. She was built in 2010 by Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Co. Ltd, China. Her maximum capacity is 4253 TEU, or twenty foot equivalent units. She weighs in at just over 50000 tons, has a length of 860 feet, and a breadth of 108 feet. As we nuzzle up to her port side, the captain of the pilot boat masterfully eases her alongside and matches the 10 knots that the Lena-S is making, so that the pilot and his apprentice can climb the Jacob's Ladder and the gangway to board the ship. After that, we jettison away and await our next inbound arrival. The next ship we see is the container ship NYK Deneb. NYK Deneb was built in 2007 at Hyundai Heavy Industries Ltd. Co, South Korea. Her maximum capacity is 4882 TEU. She weighs in at just under 66000 tons and she is 965 feet in length with a breadth of 108 feet. Once we drop another pilot off with her, we make a quick turn around and meet the outbound tanker ship Stolt Island. She was built in 2009 at Nikolaev Shipyard Okean in Nikolaev, Ukraine. She weighs in at 43593 tons, is 600 feet in length and 108 feet in breadth. As we pull up along her starboard side, we again match her speed so that the off-going pilot can safely climb down the Jacob's Ladder. The work that these pilots do is quite dangerous, as they have to board and disembark from moving vessels at all hours on any given day in all types of weather. Their work is extremely vital to the movement of the vessels, as well as the loading and offloading of their contents. A little bit about the pilot boat Georgia. She was built in 2013 by Kvichak Marine in Seattle. She is 64 feet in length, has a draft of three feet, and she is powered by two 12VM72 MTU engines, with a rated 1450 horsepower each, for a total of 2900 horsepower. She is propelled by a pair of Hamilton H521 water jets, and she can make 37 knots. She is set up to carry two crew members, usually two pilot captains, and seven pilots. There is a day galley, a head, and a bunk room for four pilots. Many thanks go to the Savannah Pilots Association for allowing me onto their boat, as well as the ability to ride on multiple shifts, interview the crew members, as well as helping to set up boarding of other vessels. In the next video, we'll be aboard a vessel headed outbound for the ocean. Stay tuned. If you have any questions about the video, feel free to message me. Comments are welcome.

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Video New pilot boat for Southwest Alaska Pilots Association

Southwest Alaska Pilots Association’s new Gladding and Hearn built, C Raymond Hunt designed pilot boat disembarks Capt. Ron Ward at Bligh Reef Pilot Station in Prince William Sound, Alaska March 2020

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Found on YouTube. Created by "Estaleiro Supmar".

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Video Pilot receiving onboard ship, Philippines

Found on YouTube. Created by "Seafaring".

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Article ‘SANAAG’ A new Pilot boat for the Port of Berbera, Somaliland in Africa delivered by Safehaven Marine.

by Safehaven Marine - published

Safehaven Marine based in Ireland have just delivered a pilot vessel for operations at the Port of Berbera in
Somaliland, Africa. ‘Sanaag’ is one of Safehaven’s Interceptor 38 pilot vessels, at 11.9m LOA, a very capable design which proves economical to operate, yet capable of dealing with very rough seas and challenging boarding conditions when required.

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Video by Safehaven Marine / Frank Kowalski

Here’s a cool video of the latest Interceptor 48 pilot boat we’ve launched for the Gdynia Pilots in Poland. We captured some nice alongside ship footage during the sea trials and had a chance to test out our new drone ‘catch net’ on Thunder Child.

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Found on YouTube. Created by "Estaleiro Supmar".
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Article What is a SWASH pilot boat? What's the difference to the SWATH technology?

by Marine-Pilots.com - published

At the A&R shipyard in Germany, the successful principle of SWATH boats was further developed in 2013: The SWASH principle allows sea-going, smaller and more economical boats.

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by Marine-Pilots.com - published

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