SECO Secures Order to Deliver Three Pilot Boats
Southern Engineering Co. Ltd (SECO), based in Kenya, won a contract from the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) to build and deliver three pilot boats.
Designed to specification of naval architecture firm Southerly Designs, the boats will be 20-m long, 3-m deep with a 1.7-m draft.
Built in steel with an aluminum superstructure and classed by BV, the deckhouse will include seating for two crew and up to 12 passengers, while accommodation for three crew will be provided below deck.
The boats will be powered by two MAN D2862 LE 432 engines which will develop a total output of 882 kW at 2,100 rpm, coupled with ZF 2050A transmissions and Nakashima five-blade propellers, to deliver a free sailing maximum speed of 20 knots.
A notable feature of these hulls is the twin skeg arrangement, offering outstanding protection to the running gear and facilitating the use of oversized rudders. The twin keels will provide significantly improved directional stability and roll damping.
Delivery of these boats is scheduled for Q4 2020.