Director Mal Hart and Pantocarene designer Didier Marchand signing a contract for another pilot boat.
PORT PHILLIP Sea Pilots (PPSP) is taking delivery of Bellarine,their new state-of-art pilot boat,at a ceremony on April 18,2013.
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.
Hart Marine has obtained some incredible photos of the pilot boats they built for the Port Phillip Sea Pilots operating in very rough weather. Check them out:
There is now a 3D virtual tour available online of the 14m pilot boat "Ranger" that Hart Marine built for Port Phillip Sea Pilots. Go to this website to check it out:
Hart Marine has recently been chosen to deliver a new pilot boat for Albany Port,Western Australia, to replace the 25 year-old vessel currently in service there.
Last year the company delivered two of its ORC pilot vessels to Port Phillip Sea Pilots (PPSP) who operate in notoriously rough waters and had previously lost a pilot boat when the vessel overturned in the entrance to the bay. After a global evaluation of pilot vessels, the ORC range - the result of Hart’s collaboration with naval architects Pantocarene France – was chosen. According to PPSP, the new pilot vessels have surpassed performance expectations. The ORC range has also been gaining international recognition and success, with vessels new in service in ports and harbours in France, Germany and the United Kingdom.
Albany Port Authority CEO Brad Williamson named Hart’s ORC15.6 as the optimum design for the port’s requirements. Apart from the fundamental role of transferring a pilot in all weather, the Albany Port Authority specified a need for high performance sea-keeping to handle the larger swell conditions encountered around the Southdown mining project 49 nautical miles north-east of Albany.
The ORC15.6 satisfied Albany’s demand for a self-righting vessel. Other features include oversized rudders for increased manoeuvrability; wide side decks with an Ocean 3 fender system to facilitate pilot transfer; and a suspended wheelhouse that reduces structure-borne noise and vibration and thereby reduces crew fatigue. Improved stability and sea-keeping characteristics are achieved through the vessel’s hull form, with a wide waterline and wave-piercing beak bow to minimise pitching. Twin turbo-charged diesel engines rated at 450kW drive fixed pitch propellers enabling a 25-knot operational speed with good fuel efficiency.
The construction time for the boat will be 12 months, with the Port Authority to name the new vessel in due course.