Sabine Pilots in Port Arthur, Texas has received a new all-aluminum pilot boat, Port Arthur.
With a deep-V hull designed by C. Raymond Hunt Associates, the Chesapeake class pilot boat was built by Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation
of Somerset, Mass. The vessel measures 53.6 feet overall, with a 17.8-foot beam and a 4.8-foot draft.
The launch is powered by twin Caterpillar C-18s diesels, each rated at 715 Bhp at 2,100 rpm. Loaded top speed is 28 knots. The engines turn five-blade NiBrAl propellers via Twin Disc MGX-5135A Quick Shift gear boxes. A Humphree Interceptor trim tab system, with automatic trim control, was installed at the transom. The vessel is equipped with a 12kW Alaska Diesel genset.
The boat includes wide side decks, side and rear doors and boarding platforms on the roof and bow. At the transom are throttle and steering controls and a winch-operated, hinged rescue basket, level with the rescue access.
The wheelhouse is cooled by two 16,000 Btu air conditioners. A third, 12,000 Btu unit is in the forecastle. Interior accommodations include eight Llebroc seats, head, small galley and two settee berths forward.
Vessel Data and Specifications Information
Vessel Name: Port Arthur
Hull Type: Deep-V monohull
Owner: Sabine Pilot Services, Inc.
Builder: Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation
Architect: C. Raymond Hunt Associates
Vessel length: 53.6 feet
Vessel beam: 17.8 feet
Vessel depth: 8.5 feet
Vessel draft: 4.8 feet
Date launched: February 29, 2016
Main engines: two Caterpillar C-18 diesel engines; each 715 Bhp at 2,100 rpm
Engine supplier: Milton CAT
Gears: two Twin Disc MGX 5135A Quick Shift
Propellers: two x five-blade NiBrAl
Engine controls: Twin Disc EC300 Quick Shift electronic controls, located at helm station in pilothouse and at the aft-deck docking station
Genset: 12 kW Alaska Diesel
Steering system: Seastar hydraulic; Humphree's interceptor system withAutomatic Trim Optimization
Supplier: MacDougals Cape Cod Marine
Installer: Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding
Radar: Furuno FR8122 w/ 12" LCD
VHF: two Standard Marine GX5500 VHF radios
GPS: Furuno GP32 GPS/WASS Navigator
Depth sounder: Furuno RD33
Compass: Furuno SC50 Satellite compass; 5" Ritchie
Loud hailer/siren (make/model)
Raritan Atlantes Freedom A724 marine toilet and 9 gal. holding tank with discharge pump and deck fittings
Fuel: 850 U.S. gal
Fresh water: 55 U.S. gal.
Sewage holding tank: 9 U.S. gal.
Crew size: Captain & deckhand
Speed (loaded): 28 knots
Air conditioning: two x 16,000 Btu MarineAir self-contained reverse cycle AC units in pilothouse; 12,000 Btu MarineAir AC units in forecastle area
Pilot-boarding platforms located at the bow and pilothouse roof; winch-operated hinged rescue basket, with rescue access at transom; eight Llebrock seats in pilothouse; forecastle includes upholstered vee berth and two settee berths