The upgrade is part of a £1 million investment, with the new vessel to patrol the waterways and support visitor traffic, including cruise ships, warships, and oil platforms. The contract for the work is currently being put out to tender and interested parties are encouraged to apply before the deadline of 8 May, 17.00.
The new vessel will be used by pilots employed by CFPA to ensure the safety of passage for ships visiting the port.
Bob Buskie, Chairman of CFPA, said:
"This second contract will represent a significant investment of over £1 million in two new pilot boats over the last 12 months. This new boat will replace one of our older vessels which has served us very well. It will be state of the art and will give us more capacity at peak times. These boats will ensure pilotage in the harbor for years to come."
The latest figures from CFPA put the value of the port to the highland economy at around £275 million.
The latest ship from 2019, named Dalmore after an area on the banks of the Firth, was built by Safehaven Marine in the Irish county of Cork and replaces its predecessor, which had patrolled the waterways for 45 years before retiring. An official inauguration ceremony was held to christen the Dalmore.
The new vessel is expected to be similar to the Dalmore, which is 48 feet long and can travel at speeds of up to 25 knots, equivalent to 29 miles per hour.
Opinion Sea Trials in Stroms at the Entrance to Cork Habour
by Safehaven Marine - published on 3 March 2020
The entrance to Cork Harbour situated on the South coast of Ireland can produce some pretty extreme sea states during the winter storm months. There are two main factors that influence the sea state at the entrance, the first being the ebbing tide, the second being shoaling waters over the Harbour Rock, this is situated at the entrance to the Harbour off Roches Point lighthouse, right in the middle between the Western and Eastern channel entrances.
Article ‘SANAAG’ A new Pilot boat for the Port of Berbera, Somaliland in Africa delivered by Safehaven Marine.
by Safehaven Marine - published on 20 April 2020
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.
Video Pilot boats in Storm Ciara video & 3 boats together inc boardings
Video Departure Bremen Port, Germany | Pilot on the Bridge | Pilot Boat Swath
Video Safehaven Marine 'Independent Vision' pilot boarding
Here’s a nice video of the ‘Independent Vision’ having her pilot embarked offshore by the Cork pilot boat ‘Failte’ an Interceptor 48 before she enters Cork Harbour. We also undertook some alongside handling trials at the same time with ‘San Cibrao’ before she is shipped to Spain. Sure was interesting trying to land the drone back on the boat in the 40kt winds offshore!
Video Lesath and Procyon. Pilot vessels at the Port of Rotterdam
Video Watch our weekend video to relax: "Boat Stories - The Bideford Pilot"
Found on YouTube. Created by "North Devon Moving Image".
The Bideford Pilot with Roger Hoad & the crew of Two Rivers II
A short film about the Bideford Pilot. Part of the Boat Stories North Devon series.
Note the calm and skilful team work as the pilot boat crew head out night and day, winter and summer over the notorious Bideford bar to meet big ships out at sea, get the pilot on board and escort the ships safely up river into Bideford, Appledore or Yelland harbour.
Filmed & edited by Matt Biggs - Artaura Productions. Music composed & produced by Tom Watkins - Yard 1 Studios. Directed & produced by Jo Stewart-Smith
This is part of the Boat Stories North Devon project www.boatstories.co.uk supported by www.northdevonimage.org.uk.
Article Rope snapped: Marine Pilot accident in Durban, South Africa.
by Marine-Pilots.com - published on 29 April 2020
A 35-year-old male sea pilot of the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) fell into the sea from a crude oil tanker near the N Shed Wharf in the port of Durban. A rope of the pilot ladder is said to have snapped for an undetermined reason when the man disembarked while leaving the crude oil tanker which was leaving the port of Durban.