Press Release

New Pilot Boat for Port of Townsville


by Port of Townsville - published on 15 March 2021 249 -

The Port of Townsville has welcomed the newest addition to its fleet of pilot boats with the arrival of the newly built Mantaray.

The $3.3 million, custom-built vessel utilises high-tech equipment and design to maximise safety and efficiency for pilot transfers.

Port of Townsville Chief Operating Officer Drew Penny said the Mantaray had been specifically designed to handle open sea conditions at Abbot Point, where the vessel will be based.

“The Port of Townsville employs 11 marine pilots who are responsible for ensuring vessels safely navigate their way to and from ports in Townsville, Lucinda and Abbot Point. The conditions our pilots face in Abbot Point can be slightly more challenging due to the open nature of the harbour,” said Mr Penny.

Last financial year, the Port of Townsville’s pilots completed 789 pilotage movements at Abbot Point. The journey for the pilot commences from Bowen where the pilot boat is moored.

“As our marine pilots are responsible for safely guiding the large vessels through the compulsory pilotage area of Abbot Point, it is vital that we continuously look for ways to improve their safety at work and ensure continuous service delivery for visiting vessels. The purchase of this new pilot vessel offers the latest in safety technology and allows its predecessor, The John Rogers, to join the fleet based at the Townsville Port,” Mr Penny said.

The Mantaray measures 17.3m long and its design features include:

  • The ability to right itself if it capsizes in heavy seas
  • Over-sized rudders for improved manoeuvrability
  • Wide side-decks for safer pilot transfers
  • Wave-piercing beak bow to improve performance and safety; and
  • A suspended wheelhouse that reduces noise and vibration.
Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said it was important to continue to invest in the region’s port.

“Ports are critical pieces of infrastructure, not just for Townsville but for the whole of North Queensland,” he said.

“They provide a vital connection for so many companies to get their product to the rest of the world.
“Pilot boats provide an essential service, ensuring ships are able to navigate out of our ports, so it’s important we continue to invest in them.”

The Mantaray is the second new pilot vessel purchased by the Port of Townsville since 2017.
“With four pilot vessels now stationed at the Townsville Port, we are well-placed to meet growing trade demands, implement a more rigorous maintenance schedule, and minimise disruption to our pilotage services,” said Mr Penny.

The Mantaray is currently stationed at the Townsville Port for several weeks of tests and training, before it makes its way to Bowen.
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