Marine link
 

Pilot Vessels Designed For Anticipated USCG Regulation Changes

On August 31, a dual christening was held at Worldport LA for the Port's new pilot boats, Phineas Banning and Stephen M. White, as each was welcomed into service, after a design process that commenced more than a few years ago, according to Jack Hochadel, vice president of Willard Marine — the yard charged with the vessel construction and outfitting.

The vessels were designed specifically to serve the needs of Los Angeles Port pilots, whose boarding area will be extended from threequarters of a mile to three miles out at sea, under anticipated U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) regulation changes.

At Los Angeles Harbor, a pilot boards a ships out at sea, and helps steer it past the Los Angeles Lighthouse to its assigned berth in the 7,500-acre Port. Departing ships also carry pilots, who board while still at berth, and disembark after the vessel is at sea.

C. Raymond Hunt Associates, Inc., of Boston, Mass., designed the vessels, based on the requirement for fast, pilot-boarding launches capable of year-round, all-weather operation, with the capacity to maintain speed and provide stable boarding in rough seas. In a recent talk with MR /EN, Captain Patrick Donahue of Worldport LA reported on the vessels' operation since both were put in service, one in mid-June, and the other during the first week of August. "They handle better with a little more speed. With the old boats, we had to go slow. Now boarding is possible at eight to ten knots," said CaptainDonahue.

When asked how the pilot boats will contribute to the overall operation of the Port, he responded, "We can service ships out further and faster. With the old boats, people would stack up. We can now service three or four at a time, and keep them coming."




Port Authority History

$148.6 Million Dredging Contract Awarded In Los Angele
Braking New Ground; Creating New Opportunities
Commercial Metals Ships Scrap
Drive For Quality To Afflict Owners, Benefit Builders
Forest Products Nicho Looks Ripo For Expansion
Great Lakes Towing Co. Kicks Off Navigational Season
Hong Kong To Build First Terminal Handling Pearl River Delta Cargo
Hvide Investment Signals Consolidation Continuation
Hyundai To Provide Weekly Transpacific Container Service To Port Of Portland
Ingalls-Built USS Port Royal Commissioned
INTERTANKO: Zero Waste At Sea Is Possible
Japan Presents Gift Of Oil Cembat Vessel Te Jordan
Kopphil Shipyard Clindios $6 Million In Now Contracts
Libra Opens Private Brazilian Container Terminal
MaK-Propelled Container Vessel Built For U.S.-Based Owner, Christened "Tropic Sun7
MarAd OKs Israel's Use Of Foreign Flag-Ships For U.S. Grain Shipments
MarAd Sponsors Study On North American Shipping
New Generation Of Self-Unloading Cargo Ships
NEWTARGET: International Fast Ferry Market
Pena Accepts Port Award, Stresses Highway System Legislation
Pilot Vessels Designed For Anticipated USCG Regulation Changes
Port Everglades And Kings Ocean In Preliminary Agreement For Increased Service
Port To Porty Dock To Dock
Posidonia '94:
Second $7.9 Million Crane In Place At South port
The Great Lakes Towing Co. Handles Two Significant Cargoes
Triple success at U.K. yards
Unitor Invests In Two New Workboats For Far East Operation Cruise Ship Sally Albatross
Valmet Introduces New Coupling To Improve Safety
Wiiiardi Builds Conpositc Boats For L.A.
 
rss feeds | archive | privacy | history | articles | contributors | top news | contact us | about us | copyright