Wave Piercing Pilot Boats Built with DIAB Material Delivered

By Michelle Howard
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Photo courtesy of Hart Marine

Imagine having to bring a 100,000 tons ship into port in rough weather and heavy seas, navigating through a narrow, rocky passage bordered by dangerous reefs. Port Phillip Bay, which forms the entrance to the Port of Melbourne, is a place that one can love one day and really hate the next. Its treacherous waters are amongst the most dangerous in the world, and more than 700 vessels have met their end at the entry and within the bay.

Since 1839, it has been the responsibility of the Port Phillip Sea Pilots to steer ships safely through the labyrinth of rips, reefs and unpredictable tidal currents as they enter and leave the bay. They operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. And their state-of-the-art boats are amazingly tough composite constructions, built by Hart Marine around DIAB structural cores.

Pilot boats need to be tough
A pilot boat is built for maximum performance and designed to guarantee safe operation. It must be a stable platform during pilot boarding, minimizing vertical movement at high speeds in rough weather conditions and providing high maneuvering capabilities and efficient running at transfer speeds. Also, all the structural elements must be able to manage a great deal of impacts. Thinking steel? Think again.

The best pilot vessels are built of composite material. That is why the Port Phillip Sea Pilots, when looking to acquire two new boats, selected French Pantocarene self-righting design and Hart Marine in Mornington, Victoria, to build them.

Composites rule the waves

Composites have been in the maritime industry since the 1960s and with good reason. They allow a huge freedom in the design process, they don’t corrode and it is possible to create very robust structures with them. The Hart Marine composite construction uses vacuum bag resin infused technology which provides thermal and acoustic advantages (better insulation in the cabin), lower maintenance costs over the life cycle of the vessel compared with other materials, and a high standard of finish.

Partnering with DIAB for excellence

The core material used throughout Hart Marine’s projects is provided by DIAB who also provides services through its technical service department and the Composites Consulting Group (CCG) engineering division. This partnership has enabled Hart Marine to further develop their offerings and improve their efficiencies during the build process. Improved kitting solutions and finishes have allowed for the build time to be continuously reduced while keeping the strength requirements for vessels such as the new pilot boats.

Port Phillip Sea Pilot’s maintenance chief Chris Richards, who has had 35 years with the sea pilot organization, describes the design and construction of the new boats as exceptional. The French naval architects Pantocarene have also endorsed Hart Marine’s build quality.

 

Maritime Reporter May 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Shipbuilding

BWTS Newcomer Sees Early Success

Norwegian manufacturer of ballast water treatment systems MMC Green Technology reports it has sold more than 70 systems since going commercial with its MMC BWMS two years ago,

Design & Operation: Wind Farm Support Vessels

Offshore wind farm development has been led globally by the UK, followed by Germany. Both countries have governments with long term commitments to renewable energy.

New Ship Continues Atlantic Offshore's Fleet Modernization

Atlantic Offshore Rescue will unveil the third new vessel in the past 12 months as part of its fleet modernization program, representing an investment totaling $458 million.

Workboats

Design & Operation: Wind Farm Support Vessels

Offshore wind farm development has been led globally by the UK, followed by Germany. Both countries have governments with long term commitments to renewable energy.

Bids Placed for Novy Port Icebreaker Contract

Seven companies submit bids for contract for Yamal Novy Port terminal icebreaker   The tendering process for the Yamal Novy Port terminal icebreaker design and build contract has kicked off,

Dredge Yard, Neptune Shipyards Introduce New Dredger

Dredge Yard announced it has partnered with Netherlands-based Neptune Shipyards to develop the new cutter suction dredger, EURO DREDGER 450. Iulia Berchiu, Dredge Yard’s Marketing Manager,

Ports

Chile Customs Strike Ends After 8 Days

A customs strike in Chile that had held up exports and imports for over a week has ended after the union said on Friday it had come to an agreement with the government.

Panalpina Acquires Egyptian Agent Afifi

Switzerland-based supply chain solutions provider Panalpina is to acquire its Egyptian agent Afifi, a family-owned company specializing in freight forwarding, customs clearance and logistics.

Overnight Cruise Ship Visits Suspended in White Bay

The New South Wales (NSW) Port Authority has suspended all overnight cruise ship visits to White Bay until the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has regulated

Navigation

Raytheon Anschütz Expands US operations

Raytheon Company announced the launch of its new subsidiary, Raytheon Anschuetz USA LLC, located in San Diego, Calif.    According to the company, Raytheon Anschuetz

Maritime Disputes Test China's Peaceful Rise

The South China Sea has become the most important testing ground for the changing economic, political and military relationship between China and the United States.

VIKING’s Top Safety Offerings at Nor-Shipping

Marine safety equipment leader VIKING Life-Saving Equipment will appear in force at Nor-Shipping 2015, displaying both innovative products and services that

Marine Materials

SENER holds a FORAN seminar in Wuhan, China

The ‘FORAN new modules, new functions and FEM-Link (Hypermesh) Seminar’ was held on April 23rd in Wuhan. SENER is playing a big role in China, where it has been

Lerwick Port Promoting Shetland Fishing Industry

The importance of investment in the Shetland fishing industry has been highlighted today by Lerwick Port Authority Chief Executive, Sandra Laurenson. The industry – white fish,

First Damen Twin Axe for Offshore O&G

To develop its large fleet, Groen Offshore, Guard & Support has selected the first Damen Twin Axe Fast Crew Supplier 2610 to be customised with Offshore Oil & Gas standby capabilities.

Naval Architecture

Design & Operation: Wind Farm Support Vessels

Offshore wind farm development has been led globally by the UK, followed by Germany. Both countries have governments with long term commitments to renewable energy.

Crowley’s 2nd LNG ConRo Ship Ahead of Schedule

Shipbuilder VT Halter Marine, Inc. announced construction has started early for the second liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered ConRo ship, Taíno, for Crowley Holdings, Inc.

SENER holds a FORAN seminar in Wuhan, China

The ‘FORAN new modules, new functions and FEM-Link (Hypermesh) Seminar’ was held on April 23rd in Wuhan. SENER is playing a big role in China, where it has been

Maritime Safety

Mass. Maritime Taps McDonald as New President

EVP Fran McDonald tops a field of five; choice still must be approved by Massachuestts Board of Higher Education.   Pending a confirmation vote by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (BHE),

Thailand: 300 "boat people" Landed in Recent Weeks

Around 300 "boat people" have landed on Thailand's shores in recent weeks, Sek Wannamethee, director-general of the information department at Thailand's Foreign Ministry, said on Friday.

U.S.: China Placed Artillery on Reclaimed Island

The United States said on Friday that China had placed mobile artillery weapons systems on a reclaimed island in the disputed South China Sea, a development that Republican Sen.

Vessels

BWTS Newcomer Sees Early Success

Norwegian manufacturer of ballast water treatment systems MMC Green Technology reports it has sold more than 70 systems since going commercial with its MMC BWMS two years ago,

SFL Adjusts Charter Agreement with Frontline

Ship Finance International Limited (SFL) announced that it has entered into a heads of agreement to amend the long-term chartering agreements with Frontline Ltd.

Design & Operation: Wind Farm Support Vessels

Offshore wind farm development has been led globally by the UK, followed by Germany. Both countries have governments with long term commitments to renewable energy.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Naval Architecture Offshore Oil Pipelines Port Authority Ship Electronics Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1775 sec (6 req/sec)