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22m Ice Breaking Pilot Boat for Laurentian Pilot Authority (LPA) Quebec Canada
This vessel has been designed to carry out Pilotage services up to 30 nautical miles offshore at the mouth of the St. Lawrence River and Gulf during winter operations . It will be propelled by 2 – Caterpillar C-32 marine diesel engines rated at 950 BHP @ 1600 RPM , close coupled to a pair of ZF 3050 gearboxes .
Classed to Lloyds Register under Ice Class 1D notation, the vessel will encounter the worst ice that is experienced in the region being up to 1 meter of rafted ice over an average of 1500 hours per year.
The vessel will be built predominately as a “day use” vessel for a compliment of up to 10 persons including crew.
20m Aluminum Pilot Boat- LPA, Quebec Canada
This Custom Built Pilot Boat, commissioned as the “Grandes Eaux” demonstrates some of the latest technology and safety features being designed and built by Hike Metal Products for modern pilot boats, such as deck- and hand-rail heating to avoid ice build up, a stern-mounted hydraulic lift to aid in overboard passenger recovery, and neoprene fenders to cushion impacts during pilot transfers to name just a few. The twin Caterpillar 950 hp C32 ACERT Diesel engines bring this pilot boat up on a plane to 25 knots quickly. The engines were integrated with a Multi-Station Control System (MSCS) to provide shift and throttle response from both the bridge, and an exterior control station for close quarters maneuvering in rough weather. The Custom Built Pilot Boat operates from Les Escoumins and transfers pilots to and from ships along the mighty St. Lawrence River.
After Jacobsen Pilots Services owner Tom Jacobsen had conducted a thorough review of the market and read an article about a new Pilot Boat Hike Metal Products had just built and delivered to Atlantic Canada (see below), Tom was convinced Hike Metal was the custom Pilot boat manufacturer he needed to see. While Tom needed a new vessel for the growing demand for Pilot services in Long Beach, he also wanted a modern vessel, specifically designed for function, good visibility, ergonomics, speed and safety, and custom built to suit their operational requirements out of Long Beach, which is the second largest container vessel port in the U.S.
This 60ft(18m) fast Pilot Boat constructed for the Atlantic Pilotage Authority is responsible for providing Pilotage services to the Placentia Bay district in Newfoundland and the east coast of Canada. The vessel boasts a variety of innovations including a resiliently mounted superstructure to reduce noise levels in the wheelhouse and fender system, which features no through hull fastenings to retain the fender. Suitable for a two-member crew and up to four pilots, the boat is constructed of aluminum alloy and powered by Twin 800 hp Detroit Diesel 12V 2000 series engines for a speed of 25 knots at full throttle. Deck equipment includes a rescue platform recessed into the transom which can retrieve a casualty in the recommended horizontal recovery position. Also featured on board is a full navigation package primarily consisting of Furuno equipment.
HIKE METAL Products Ltd.
Wheatley, ON., Canada