Gladding-Hearn Delivers Sixth High-Speed Launch to Delta Pilots

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Gladding-Hearn Delivers Sixth High-Speed Launch to Delta Pilots
Delta Launch Services, the operating company for the Associated Branch pilots on the SW Pass of the Mississippi, has taken delivery of a new pilot boat from Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation. This is the sixth St. John’s Class launch built for the Delta pilots by the Somerset, Mass. shipyard.

The new launch, a sister-ship to the ASSISTANT delivered in 2018, measures of 52.6’ overall, with a beam of 16.11’ and a draft of 4.8’. The all-aluminum pilot boat features the Ray Hunt Designs Deep-V hull. It is powered by twin Caterpillar C-18 EPA Tier 3 diesel engines, each delivering 671 Bhp at 2100 rpm, with a top speed of 26 knots. Twin Disc MG5136A gears turn five-blade Bruntons NiBrAl propellers. The launch is equipped with a 12kW Northern Lights genset.

The wheelhouse, with a small trunk, is flush-mounted to the deck amidships. Aft of its helm station are six Llebroc pilot seats. The forecastle is equipped with enclosed marine head, settee and three berths. The wheelhouse and forecastle are heated and cooled by three reverse-cycle air-conditioning units, totaling 40,000 Btu’s.

Outside of the wheelhouse are wide side decks, a rear and side doors, and hinged boarding platforms on the roof. At the transom is a winch-operated, rotating davit over a recessed platform for rescue operations.

The new launch is USCG Subchapter-T certified to carry twelve passengers for hire.
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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 Interview with a Bar Pilot 2014 (Mississippi, USA)

Found on YouTube. Created by "Mike Link".
Reflections on his work on the Mississippi River (2014)

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Video Pilot Boat "KAPITÄN JÜRS" / Brunsbüttel

The film shows the pilot change on 21.8. - and 29.8. 2010 in Brunsbüttel. Filmed from board MS "Anna Sirkka"

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Video Columbia River Pilots & Foss Maritime: Training Video

Topics:

- Identify new safety features in the Connor Foss pilot boat
- Review best practices for pilots & crew during river transfers
- See how to properly conduct a man overboard drill
- Learn techniques for cold water survival

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Article ABP invests around £9 million in state-of-the-art pilot boat fleet

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Associated British Ports (ABP) the UK’s largest and best-connected port operator, has commissioned a fleet of nine new state-of-the art pilot boats from Goodchild Marine Services, representing an investment of around £9 million to further enhance port operations across its network.

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Article Baltic Workboats' PILOT 15 WP has won a Small Pilot Boat Award for 2019

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Baltic Workboats have won under the category of "Best Small Pilot Boat" the Best builder of a Small Pilot Boat Award for 2019 for their model PILOT 15 WP.

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Article Maritime Pilot Tribute

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One of the most grandiose video about Marine Pilots' work. Must see!

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Video Should the Captain go down with the sinking ship?

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1:19 What is the history?

2:14 If we fast forward to the modern era, what has changed?

3:00 How have things impacted the modern Captain?

3:33 What are the typical laws on the subject in some countries?

4:05 How is it different from other leadership positions?

5:34 What needs to change?

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Article Capt. Kevin Vallance awarded the Merchant Navy Medal

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Captain Kevin Vallance awarded the Merchant Navy Medal for services to Maritime Safety.

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