Safehaven Marine 'Independent Vision' pilot boarding
published on 8 June 2020
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!
Article Safehaven Marine to build a second S.A.R. Interceptor 48 for the Faroe Islands Rescue Service
by Marine-Pilots.com - published on 16 June 2020
Safehaven Marine have signed contracts with the Faroe Islands Rescue Service for an Interceptor 48
‘self-righting’ S.A.R. (Search and Rescue craft.) This is the second S.A.R. Interceptor 48 we have
supplied to the Faroe Islands following ‘Sverri’ in 2013, which has worked very well in the
challenging North Atlantic seas they face off the Islands, with her crew being totally confident with
her seakeeping abilities, performance and reliability during rescue operations over the last 7 years.
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 Cromarty Firth Port Authority (CFPA) is seeking for new pilot boats
by Marine-Pilots.com - published on 17 April 2020
Cromarty Firth Port Authority (CFPA) is seeking a contractor to build and deliver a new pilot vessel as part of a major project to upgrade its fleet of vessels. 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.
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
Video Self-Righting Test Fast Pilot Launch for Dutch Pilots (2012)
Found on YouTube. Created by Marijn van Hoorn.
Self-Righting Test Fast Pilot Launch for Dutch Pilots. Test executed by Holland Diesel Maassluis and Scheepswerf Made for Nederlands Loodswezen. Location: Port of Maassluis
Video Christening of new pilot tender "Mira"
Christening of new pilot tender "Mira" - a lightweight powerhouse
Press Release Hoek van Holland, 2 April 2020 by Next Generation Shipyards
On Thursday 2 April, Annebel de Deugd (interim manager fleet management of Nederlands Loodswezen), christened the new Dutch pilots’ tender Mira; one of the lightest tenders in the Nederlands Loodswezen fleet.
Lighter than ever
The instructions given by Nederlands Loodswezen to ship designer Camarc and shipbuilder Next Generation Shipyards had been clear: design and build a strong, waterjet driven, aluminium pilot tender that is much lighter than her predecessors. Mira weighs around 39 metric tons, whereas her predecessors weigh around 54 tons. Because of the lower weight, considerably less fuel is needed, which means the ship will emit less CO2 and soot. This makes her less harmful to the environment.
A class of its own
Mira - an M-class pilot tender - has the same hull as her L-class predecessors but is equipped with a so-called axe bow. This alone results in fuel savings of 3%. In addition, every single part of the ship’s design has been subject to careful examination to reduce weight as much as possible. Managing Director Willem Bentinck of Nederlands Loodswezen explained, "In total, Mira is about 15 tons lighter than her predecessors. This is equivalent to the weight of two adult elephants; you can imagine what a difference this weight loss makes in fuel consumption". The total fuel consumption of Mira is more than 20% lower than that of the L-class tenders, resulting in a significant reduction of CO2.
Nederlands Loodswezen’s fleet expansion is a multi-year investment programme. The fleet includes 15 waterjet driven tenders that are used for pilot embarkation/disembarkation to serve seagoing ships calling at Dutch seaports and at Flemish seaports on the River Scheldt. The new tender Mira will replace one of the Discovery class tenders now that they have reached their maximum lifespan.
Remark in times of COVID-19:
Due to the regulations concerning the Corona pandemic, the christening was held in presence of only a few people.
Company profile Next Generations Shipyards
Article Pilot Boat for the Pacific Pilotage Authority
by Marine-Pilots.com - published on 8 January 2020
Ocean Pacific Marine of Vancouver Island BC have been awarded a contract to build and deliver a state of the art 19.9m Pilot Boat for the Pacific Pilotage Authority. The new craft will be all-aluminium construction and built to Lloyd’s Class in accordance with Transport Canada regulations. Designed by Camarc from their Scotland office, this vessel represents the latest in cutting edge pilot boat technology.
Article TWO NEW METAL SHARK PILOT BOATS NOW SERVING PORT OF NEW ORLEANS
by Metal Shark Boats - published on 20 November 2019
Jeanerette, LA – November 14th, 2019: Shipbuilder Metal Shark has delivered two new pilot boats to New Orleans-based operator Belle Chasse Marine Transportation, LLC (BCMT).
Opinion Harbor Pilots, the Boeing 737 MAX and Automation
by Capt. Jim Wright , Southwest Alaska Pilots Association (retired) - published on 5 March 2020
The debate is whether highly skilled pilots could have successfully overcome the recent Boeing 737 MAX computer deficiencies. Will this question eventually be relevant to harbor pilot skills?