New Pilot Boat Soon to Launch in Oregon

Press Release
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
The pilot boat Connor Foss under construction.

Seattle - The pilot boat Connor Foss is currently under construction at the Foss Maritime Company's Shipyard in Rainier, Oregon, and will replace the Arrow 2 in June, 2012.

The Arrow 2 will be taken out of service after fifty years transporting River and Bar pilots on the Columbia River at Astoria, Oregon.  The Arrow 2 began service on the Columbia River in 1962. The steel hull launch boat with a single 700 horsepower engine has made thousands of pilot transfers in its long career.
 
"It's just time to upgrade our equipment," said Foss project manager Dan Cole. "The Arrow 2 has done a great job all these years. But the Connor Foss will far surpass it in terms of safety and efficiency."
 
The keel was laid for the new pilot boat in September, 2011, and the vessel is nearly 75 percent complete. The Connor Foss was designed by Kvichak Marine Industries and is based on the design of the pilot vessel Skomer, currently operating for the Milford Haven Port Authority in the United Kingdom. The Connor Foss will have a steel hull with an aluminum deckhouse and will be propelled by twin engines, rated for up to 1,430 horsepower, offering power and maneuverability. The new pilot boat can travel up to 14 knots with a semi-displacement hull riding more atop the waves than its predecessor.
 
Carrying on Foss' corporate focus on safety, the Connor Foss will have many safety redundancies in place; tilted windows, which offer better views; technologically modern operating systems; a side-mounted hoist system, in case of an overboard incident; an onboard speaker system to aid communication; and a wet exhaust system,  removing the traditional smoke stack, which can hinder the operator's rear view.
 
In April, the Rainier Shipyard will launch the vessel and make final preparations for sea trials. The delivery date is dependent on successful sea trials, but is expected by June, 2012.
 

Maritime Reporter June 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Bollinger Fourchon: 13 Years Without a Lost Time Accident

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. announced that their Bollinger Fourchon, L.L.C. facility has worked 13 years without a lost time accident. Building on a philosophy that starts at the top,

Messer's CEO Norville Announces Retirement

Bill Heller to assume the position as Messer Cuttings Systems’ President and CEO Gary Norville started at Messer Cuttings Systems Inc. in September 1980 selling and installing cutting machines.

Rohr Dredge Continues European Expansion

Rohr International Dredge Holdings, Inc. announced that it acquired Eurl Rohr France, including its current backlog, inventory and all associated intellectual property (IPR), on July 23, 2014.

Shipbuilding

Bollinger Fourchon: 13 Years Without a Lost Time Accident

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. announced that their Bollinger Fourchon, L.L.C. facility has worked 13 years without a lost time accident. Building on a philosophy that starts at the top,

Regulations Threaten Superyacht Innovation

To increase innovation within the superyacht industry, designers need to work with flag states, classification societies and naval architects to ensure regulations are workable, as said by experts.

News Flash! Greek Shipowners Prefer Bulkers

The buying interest from Greek ship owners is focused on bulkers to an increasing extent, BIMCO said. Data from VesselsValue.com reveal that Greek owners were at

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Naval Architecture Offshore Oil Port Authority Salvage Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | 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: 0.1875 sec (5 req/sec)