TasPorts CEO Paul Weedon took time out last week to tell us about the experience of purchasing a Hart Marine ORC vessel…
On the 22nd of December 2014, Energy Power Systems Australia (EPSA) presented Mornington based Pilot Boat builder, Hart Marine with an Engineering Excellence Award for the installation of two Cat® C18 diesel engines in Hart Marine’s latest state-of-the-art ORC pilot boat ‘Kestrel’.
The award, presented by EPSA CEO Phil Canning to Hart Marine Managing Director Mal Hart is in recognition of the innovative installation of twin C18 700hp Caterpillar diesel motors in what is the latest of Hart Marines growing list of completed pilot boats.
The vessel which has recently been delivered to Port Kembla for its new owner and operator, the Port Authority of New South Wales, is designed and built to operate in the most extreme conditions whilst maintaining maximum levels of usability and safety.
The attention to detail shown in the Kestrel’s engine room is evident in the emphasis placed on safety and optimal engine performance. Each of the engines is rated for 533 kw delivering power to two Mikado 750mm propellers through remote mount MGX5135A gear boxes. This gives the Kestrel a top speed of 28.5 knots and ample power to enable a safe and speedy exchange of personnel between the boat and large vessels.
Below deck, the engine room offers ample workspace for engine service and maintenance whilst stainless steel safety rails have been placed around both engines to ensure maximum safety.
Not only did these design features play an integral part in Hart Marine attaining the award but it’s also evidence of the very high standards for which they have become so well known throughout Australia.
In accepting the award, Mr Hart acknowledged the contribution of Hart Marine’s highly skilled and dedicated team of boat builders who not only continuously exceed their high levels of workmanship but also played a pivotal role in Hart Marine recently achieving its prestigious ISO 9001 accreditation.
With more than 30 years’ experience building high performance vessels using composite materials Hart Marine now produces some of the finest pilot boats available to a growing contingent of clients including Port Philip Sea Pilots, Geraldton Port Authority, Rio Tinto and Esperance Port Authority.
EPSA is the exclusive supplier of Cat® engines and power solutions in Australia, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.
“‘Kestrel’, which operates out of Port Kembla, was an easy choice for Best Pilot Boat. Recently ISO 9001 certified by Lloyd’s Register and a diehard supporter of Australia’s local boat building and supplier industry, Hart Marine is hitting all the right notes”