Goodchild home port handover
Goodchild Marine (VA51) officially launched and handed over their new ORC 136 ‘Mayflower’ to Harbour Master Steven , ABP Southampton in her home port on the opening day of Seawork. This vessel forms part of a £9 million investment by ABP.
There are three sizes in the current range and a 19m option in the pipeline. The main feature of the ORC 136 is its wave piercing, double chine design that provides up to 40% fuel saving, over a conventional pilot boat design. The ORC 136 has Man new IMO Tier 3 engines installed, meeting the latest European standard on emissions.
Alan Goodchild, Goodchild Marine (VA51), commented “The ORC 136 is doing well in the pilot boat market due to its fuel saving capabilities, as well as being a very good sea boat that the crews love working on. We are delighted to handover the ‘Mayflower’ today to ABP Southampton here in what will be her home port.”
Alan continued, “Seawork is a fantastic show, the number one commercial show and we are very proud to be able to handover a new pilot boat to this port and in this city today. The future is looking bright and happening right in front of our eyes here today!”
Steven Masters, Harbour Master, ABP Southampton, stated, “This vessel will be in operation from Monday taking Southampton pilots out to the ships in the channel before they enter the Solent. The ORC range were selected for this contract as Goodchild Marine have a very good reputation as for boat building in the UK, and I have personally worked with their vessels before and been very impressed with their capabilities and longevity. The ORC 136 specifically was selected for its fuel efficiency, we have two more of these vessels being delivered to ABP Southampton this year. This vessel and the next ones to be delivered are the future for ABP Southampton.”
Exhibitor; Goodchild Marine