Port of St. Maarten buys new pilot boat

POSTED: 09/22/14 1:23 PM

GREAT BAY – Port St. Maarten has acquired a new pilot boat for line handling and for embarking and disembarking the pilot to and from visiting ships.

The new aluminum vessel was built by Abco Industries of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada.  Since 1947, Abco Industries has been providing the shipping industry with quality work, expert service and products designed to exceed expectations.

Abco Industries was selected after a team from Port St. Maarten visited several boat yards in the United States and Canada. Abco is specialized in the design, engineering, fabrication and service of equipment and systems for the industrial sector, food machinery, environmental equipment and marine vessels.

The company has built several Canadian Coast Guard vessels engaged in fisheries research and patrol.

Port management and board decided to purchase a second pilot boat to meet the demands of current port operations and to be able to accommodate and handle anticipated growth.

The second boat is also needed when the current ten-year old vessel is out of commission for routine maintenance.

Prior to the purchase of the new pilot boat, port staff such as pilots, boat captains, and deckhands, were asked to give their input.

A port delegation of three pilot boat captains, a maritime manager/chief pilot and the human resource manager traveled to Lunenburg in August for an inspection before Abco handed over the vessel. The delegation also witnessed systems demonstrations and sea trials.

The new pilot boat has a wheel house with extra visibility for safety, a walk-around cabin with a man overboard retrieval crane, twin diesel engines with more horsepower than the old boat, water jets for maneuverability, dependability and enhanced safety and a hydraulic fire pump.



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