PORT PHILLIP Sea Pilots (PPSP) is taking delivery of Bellarine,their new state-of-art pilot boat,at a ceremony on April 18,2012.
The vessel is a Pantocarene-design 16M ORC 156.HR5 fast pilot boat and is currently having the last finishing touches applied at Hart Marine's Mornington yard before undergoing seven days of intense sea trials.
PPSP managing director Captain Robert Buck said that the vessel would be the third ORC pilot boat built by Hart Maine for his organisation. He said that PPSP had embarked on an exercise in 2008 to select a new pilot boat to begin to replace their fleet.
He said that PPSP pilots had to contend with the sever weather of the Bass Strait and that they wanted to find the safest possible boat with a self-righting capability.
After much investigation,a boat designed by Didier Marchant of Pantocarene Naval Architects was chosen because it had proved itself on France's Atlantic coast in conditions that are very similar to those encountered by PPSP staff.
Pantocarene agreed to authorise Hart Marine to build two boats for PPSP and these proved so successful in service that the organisation ordered Bellarine from Hart Marine without requesting any major design changes. Captain Buck said that the major differentiator between the ORC craft and conventional pilot boats with their halmatic hulls was the ORC's unique beak hull design which vastly improves operator and passenger comfort in heavy seas.
He said that the design and Hart Marine's workmanship had produced a vessel so ideally suited to PPSP's needs that the organisation would not hesitate to order more of them when the time came to replace the rest of their fleet.
Port Phillip Sea Pilots is a privately owned organisation which provides pilotage services in Port Phillip Bay and Westernport Bays. Its history goes back to 1839 and its staff oversee about 6000 shipping movements each year.
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