Pilot Boat News Roundup | December 21 – Deliveries to Spain and Libya plus Norwegian and UK orders

Pilot Boat News Roundup | December 21 – Deliveries to Spain and Libya plus Norwegian and UK orders

New pilot boats have been delivered to owners in southern Spain and Libya's Mediterranean coast. Construction is meanwhile underway on new boats for Norway and Falmouth Harbour in the UK.

Spain's Cadiz Pilots Corporation takes delivery of locally-built boat

<em>Photo: Rodman Polyships</em>
Photo: Rodman Polyships

The Cadiz Pilots Corporation, which serves the Port of Cadiz Bay in southern Spain, has taken delivery of a new pilot boat built by a local shipyard.

The newbuild has an LOA of 11.9 metres, a beam of 4.18 metres, and two Caterpillar diesel engines that drive conventional propellers to deliver a maximum speed of 28 knots.

The main cabin has seating for up to five people including crew.

Newbuilds to expand pilotage operations in Libya's Misurata Port

<em>Photo: Med Marine</em>
Photo: Med Marine

Turkish builder Med Marine recently handed over two new pilot boats in a series to the Misurata Free Zone at the Port of Misurata on Libya's Mediterranean coast.

Designed by UK-based Camarc, Alogla and Alamer each have a steel hull, an aluminium superstructure, a length of 16.5 metres, a beam of 4.8 metres, and a draught of 1.3 metres. Seating is available for six pilots and two crewmembers on each boat.

The boats are capable of achieving a top speed of 22 knots.

Norwegian operator to get new pilot boat in 2023

<em>Photo: Kewatec</em>
Photo: Kewatec

Norwegian shipping company Bukser og Berging has placed an order for a new pilot launch to be built by Kewatec Aluboat of Finland.

The 18.2-metre vessel will be the ninth boat in a series to be built for the same owner. Delivery is scheduled for 2023.

Like its earlier sisters, the new Kewatec-built boat will have all-aluminium construction and two Volvo IPS propulsion units that will deliver a speed of 30 knots.

UK's Falmouth Harbour orders all-weather boat

<em>Photo: Camarc</em>
Photo: Camarc

Falmouth Harbour in Cornwall has selected Holyhead Marine Services of Wales to build a new all-weather pilot boat.

The vessel will measure between 16 and 18 metres long and will have a projected service life of over 20 years. The propulsion system will be compliant with IMO Tier III emissions regulations.

Design work will be provided by Camarc.

The new pilot boat will replace LK Mitchell, which was built in 1978 and has been operating in Falmouth Harbour ever since.

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