"This repeat order proves our expertise in building advanced, modern and reliable Pilot Boats for an international market."
Anders Hellman, VP and Head of Business Unit Docksta, BA Kockums, Saab.
The boat, Docksta Newbuilding 590, will measure 28 x 7 meters with a displacement of 120 tons, which is an extensive size for a Pilot Boat. The new boat will be operated by Lotsbetriebsverein e.V. at Brunsbuttel together with sisterships DITHMARSCHEN and STEINBURG. The pair was delivered from Docksta in 2017 and 2018 and have clocked around 16000 engine hours each with very reliable performance in the rough conditions at the western entrance to the Elbe River.
In February this year Saab’s shipyard in Docksta delivered a 17 meter Pilot Boat to the same operator for their station at Cuxhaven. In November, another German customer; Lotsbetrieb GmbH of Rostock received a slightly smaller version, type Baltic pilot 17.