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Virginia Pilot Boat News

Gladding-Hearn Delivers New Class of Pilot Boats

Gladding Hearn, Duclos Corporation, has delivered Maryland pilot boat to Virginia Pilot Boat Corporation. It is the Virginia Pilots’ sixth Gladding-Hearn launch, but the associations’ first of the new Chesapeake class. The new all-aluminum boat measures 52.5 ft., with a 17-ft. beam and a 4.8 ft. draft. It is powered by twin Detroit Diesel Series 60-D-DEC engines, each developing 600 bhp at 2100 rpm, with top speeds of 25 knots.

Gladding-Hearn Takes Orders For New Class of Pilot Boat

Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, The Duclos Corporation, is building a new class of pilot boats. The Virginia, Maryland, and Tampa pilots will be the first to operate the shipyard’s new Chesapeake class of 53-ft. launches. The first two boats will be delivered to the Virginia Pilot Boat Corporation and Association of Maryland Pilots next October. The Tampa Pilots’ boat and a sister ship for the Maryland pilots will be delivered in 2003. The Chesapeake class represents some subtle changes to the hull of the shipyard’s popular “St. Johns” class of pilot boats, said Winn Willard of C. Raymond Hunt Associates, the designer. The new all-aluminum boat measures approximately 52.5 ft., with a 17-ft. beam and a 4.8-ft. draft. It is six inches longer, and wider on deck than the St. Johns class.

Virginia Pilots Orders New Pilot Boat

The Virginia Pilot Boat Corporation has ordered a Chesapeake Class MKII launch from Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding. The MKII, a new generation of the shipyard’s popular, smaller class of pilot boats, is the Virginia pilots’ eighth Gladding-Hearn pilot boat. Delivery is scheduled for 2018. Since the Chesapeake Class pilot boat was introduced by the Somerset, Mass., shipyard in 2003, 17 have been delivered to pilot associations throughout the U.S. The latest improvements incorporate the performance benefits of Volvo Penta’s IPS 3 pod system, which provides for higher speed, lower fuel consumption, and more comfort, explained Peter Duclos, the shipyard’s president. With a deep-V hull designed by C.

Volvo Penta for Virginia Pilots Boats

Volvo Penta IPS leads the way forward Photo Volvo Penta

The new boat being built for the Virginia Pilots Association joins the increasing number of pilot boats powered by Volvo Penta IPS. The 55-ft. vessel, designed by C. Raymond Hunt Associates and built by Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, will run on twin D13 900 hp U.S. EPA Tier 3 engines with IPS3 drives. “Stability, reliability, support, speed and efficiency – these are the five criteria that we used to select the engine for the new pilot boat,” said Frank Rabena, a 17-year pilot and chairman of the Association’s pilot boat committee.

New Pilot Boat Delivered to Alabama Pilots

(Photo: Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding)

The Alabama Pilot, Inc. in Mobile, Ala., has taken delivery of Dixey, a newly built Chesapeake Class pilot boat from Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation. With length overall of 53.6’, beam of 17.8’, and draft of 4.8’, the all-aluminum pilot boat features the C. Raymond Hunt-designed Deep-V hull. It is powered by twin Caterpillar C-18 diesel engines, each delivering 671Bhp at 2100 rpm and a top speed of 27 knots. A Humphree interceptor trim-tab control system was installed at the transom.

New Demands on Pilot Boats

The tightening of port security in the United States has impacted practically every vessel that operates in U.S. harbors. That includes the small, often-forgotten pilot boats that transport state licensed pilots to vessels entering a harbor or waterway. With recently imposed security measures mandating large ships wait further outside a harbor or waterway, pilot boats in some cases must travel twice as far before the pilot transfer can take place, according to Winn Willard of C. Raymond Hunt Associates, Boston, Mass., designers of pilot boats with 25 years experience in the field. Gladding Hearn, Somerset, Mass. is one of the busiest shipyards in the nation.

Gladding-Hearn Delivers New Pilot Boat

Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation, has delivered a new “Chesapeake” class pilot boat to the Delaware pilots. The shipyard’s new class of pilot boats has also been built for the Virginia, Maryland, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, and Portland, Maine pilots. According to Winn Willard at C. Raymond Hunt Associates, the designer, the increasing popularity of the Chesapeake class results from some subtle changes to the firm’s typical pilot boat design. The boat is six inches longer and wider on deck. There is also an additional six inches of freeboard. The new class is also suitable for a variety of engine options. The all-aluminum “Brandywine…

Vessels: Gladding-Hearn Gets Pilot Boat Orders

Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation, is building new pilot boats for the Portland, Maine and Delaware pilots. The shipyard's new Chesapeake class of pilot boats has also been built for the Virginia, Maryland, and Tampa Bay pilots. The Portland pilots will take delivery of their new launch in September, while the Delaware pilot boat is scheduled for delivery in November. The all-aluminum boats, designed by C. Raymond Hunt Associates, measure 52.5 x 17-ft. with a 4.8 ft. draft, and are designed to reach 25 knots. The Portland pilots' launch will be powered by twin Caterpillar 3406E diesel engines, each delivering 600 bhp at 2,100 rpm, with Twin Disc M65114A gear-boxes. The Delaware pilots, on the other hand, chose Daewoo V18TIM 10-cylinder engines, coupled to ZF 350A gears.

Collision, Grounding and Anchor Draggings in Chesapeake Bay

The U.S. Coast Guard is working with local response agencies and the Virginia and Maryland Pilots Tuesday after receiving a report of a collision between two ships in the Thimble Shoal Channel and are responding to several subsequent reports of ships dragging anchor in the lower Chesapeake Bay. The 79-foot rig vessel, Petite, and the 1065-foot container ship, MSC Charleston, reportedly collided due to weather in the main ship channel at approximately 7:30 p.m. There was no initial report of damage, pollution or injuries to either vessel, and both are safely anchored pending a Coast Guard investigation. Winds gusting to 70 mph at Cape Henry caused 12 ships anchored in the vicinity of Lynnhaven to drag anchor and caused the 751-foot bulk carrier…

Tug Safety Training Offered at Port of Milford Haven

Milford Haven's simulator suite has the potential to put you at the helm of any marine vessel, in any port. (Photo: MPHA)

A powerful virtual-reality ship simulation system, operated by the Port of Milford Haven is running courses to train tug boat operators from across Britain. The Navigation Suite, based at Milford Waterfront, creates highly realistic computer-generated versions of any port in the world, giving trainees the opportunity to take the controls of any vessel, including tugboats, to practice scenarios. Tug skippers from Williams Marine Services and Teignmouth Harbor Commission spent two days undertaking theory based safety training and working on simulated ‘as real’ scenarios within the port.

Schooner to be Christened in VA

On Friday, Dec. 10 the Pilot Schooner Virginia will be christened on the downtown Norfolk waterfront. Many of the state's elected officials, local civic, business and political leaders, representatives of the maritime community, students from local schools and contributors to the project will be among the thousands on hand to witness the momentous event. Additionally, those attending the ceremony will hear from two of the nation's most distinguished sailors: Capt. Bill Pinkney, USN retired and Gary Jobson, known as the nation's pre-eminent sailing ambassador. Furthermore, Gov. Mark Warner and his wife, Lisa Collins-Warner, who has been asked to officially sponsor the vessel, have been invited.

Carnival, Pilots Disagree on Ships' Volumes

Carnival Corp. filed suit against the Virginia Pilot Association this week, seeking to recoup about $350,000 in what it says are overcharges by the pilots, which steer ships between the Atlantic Ocean and docking points in the port of Hampton Roads, according to a report in The Virginia-Pilot. At issue is how to properly calculate the volumes of the Fun Ships that Carnival has sailed from Hampton Roads several times a year for the past decade. The Pilot Association uses those volumes - based on the ships' length, width and height - to assess the fees it charges for its services. When determining the heights of the cruise ships, the pilots have been measuring from the vessels' bottoms to one of the uppermost decks of the towering ships.

WWII Museum’s PT-305 Sails Again

(Photo: National World War II Museum)

Commercial workboat philanthropy on display on PT-305: WWII Museum’s PT-305 sails again after a far reaching donor-funded restoration. In March, the National WWII Museum in New Orleans launched its reconstructed PT-305, built locally by Higgins Industries in 1943. The museum acquired the boat known as the USS Sudden Jerk in 2007, restoration began in 2009, and it now sails Lake Pontchartrain as an interactive exhibit. PT-305, with a fifteen-man crew, belonged to a 12-ship squadron operating in the Mediterranean from 1944 until the war ended in 1945.

Bill Proposes $50m for Shipyard Training

According to a Feb. 24 report from The Virginian-Pilot, the state of Virginia may give Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard up to $50m in training grants over 10 years under a bill that cleared the General Assembly on Monday. (Source: The Virginia-Pilot)

NTSB Issues Report on 2016 Columbia River Bulker Grounding

Nenita, a 378-foot Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier laden with grain, ran aground in the Columbia River near Skamokawa, Wash., November 19, 2016. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Sector Columbia River)

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a report on its investigation into the November 2016 grounding of the bulk carrier Nenita in the Columbia River. The Marshall Islands-flagged vessel was fully laden when it suffered an engine failure that impacted its ability to maneuver and subsequently ran aground at Three Tree Point on the Washington State side of the river. The ship’s bulbous bow and hull were damaged, but no injuries or pollution were reported. The vessel was towed to Longview, Wash.

MAN OVERBOARD Prevention & Recovery Workshop

The 2018 MAN OVERBOARD Prevention & Recovery Workshop is being held at the Grand Harbour, Southampton, U.K. on April 17. All sectors are invited to participate in this unique one day event that focuses on viable solutions. Knowledge gained about the deadly risks of people falling in the water from recent incidents with sub IMO / sub 24 meter vessels is becoming increasingly relevant to vessels of all sizes. Workshop organizer, John Haynes, said, “Topics focus on visible issues today, plus hidden areas of concern the professional maritime sector may need to face tomorrow.

Navy Carrier Potential Move Controversial

The Virginian-Pilot reported that the Navy’s preference to base a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier at Mayport Naval Station reignited the political rivalry between Florida and Virginia for Navy ships, sailors and the economic activity associated with them. The move would cost $426 million and could divert 3,200 sailors and civilian personnel from Virginia to Florida and take at least six years to prepare for. A final decision by Secretary of the Navy Donald Winter is expected by the end the year. Virginia officials immediately criticized the decision as costly, inefficient and politically motivated. They vowed to fight the proposal. (Source: The Virginian-Pilot)

Virginia Ship Pilots – New Board Member Appointed

Christine Piersall: Photo credit Williams Mullen

Christine N. Piersall was appointed to this position by the City of Portsmouth Circuit Court Judges and replaces Bruce Cherry, who has been on the Board for more than 33 years. This nine-member board examines and licenses the pilots responsible for the safe passage of ships in Virginia's major shipping lanes and waterways. The Board was created in 1783 and was initially chartered by the King of England in the 1600's. Ms. Piersall is a partner with the law firm of Williams Mullen.

Boston Pilots Takes New Boats

The Boston Pilots has taken delivery of two “Chesapeake” class pilot boats from Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation. The shipyard’s new class of launches has also been built for the Delaware, Virginia, Maryland, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, and Portland, Maine pilots. Designed by C. Raymond Hunt Associates in Boston, the all-aluminum launches measure 52.6 feet overall, with a 17-foot beam and 4.8 foot draft, and top out at 25 knots. Named “Mystic” and “Chelsea,” the boats are powered by twin Lugger 6140AL2 diesel engines, each delivering 600 Bhp at 2100 rpm, with Twin Disc MG5114A gear-boxes. The engines turn two 5-blade Hall & Stavert NiBrAl propellers. Each launch is equipped with a 12 kW Northern Lights generator.

Boston Pilots Takes New Boats

The Boston Pilots has taken delivery of two Chesapeake class pilot boats from Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation. The shipyard's new class of launches has also been built for the Delaware, Virginia, Maryland, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, and Portland, Maine pilots. Designed by C. Raymond Hunt Associates in Boston, the all-aluminum launches measure 52.6 ft. overall, with a 17-ft. beam and 4.8 ft. draft, and top out at 25 knots. Named Mystic and Chelsea, the boats are powered by twin Lugger 6140AL2 diesel engines, each delivering 600 Bhp at 2,100 rpm, with Twin Disc MG5114A gear-boxes. The engines turn two five-blade Hall & Stavert NiBrAl propellers. Each launch is equipped with a 12 kW Northern Lights generator.

Navy Awards GD $48.2M

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, a $48.2 million modification to an existing contract for research and development work on the Virginia-Class submarine program. The contract was initially awarded in September 2000, and could be worth $480 million over five years if all options are exercised and funded. Under the terms of this modification, Electric Boat will perform development studies for Virginia-Class design improvements, and will continue to evaluate new technologies for insertion into succeeding Virginia-Class submarines. The Virginia Class will provide the U.S. Navy with the capabilities it requires to maintain its undersea superiority well in the 21st century.

General Dynamics Wins $12m Navy Deal

General Dynamics Awarded $12 Million for Virginia-Class Repair Parts   General Dynamics Electric Boat has received an $11.5 million contract modification from the U.S. Navy to provide on-board repair parts for Virginia-class submarines. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD). The modification was exercised under the $14 billion contract awarded to Electric Boat in December 2008 for the construction of eight Virginia-class submarines, and has a potential value of $85 million.  

Pilot Boat Capsizes, One Dead

The body of the missing man from the pilot boat that capsized was located 3 miles south of the Galveston Jetties. A T & T Dive Team went into the water this morning and searched the capsized pilot boat, locating the missing pilot still inside. The man's body was taken to Coast Guard Station Galveston, where the captain of the Texas City Pilots Association was waiting. The pilot boat capsized Saturday afternoon after picking up a pilot from a research ship anchored in Galveston Bay. Another pilot boat in the area spotted the capsized boat and called in a mayday to the Coast Guard. A rescue boat from Station Galveston and a helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Houston conducted searches Saturday evening and again this morning. The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the incident.

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