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Investing to grow

A new pilot vessel’s higher transit speeds, even in challenging conditions, will enable an increase in overall efficiency of pilot services for Portland Port, UK

Goodchild Marine Services Limited are to construct an ORC 121 for Portland Port; part of broader investment the port is making to enable larger cruise ships and Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships to berth alongside.  The vessel will be the third pilot boat of its class built and supplied to the Southwest by Great Yarmouth-based Goodchild Marine in recent years.  

The vessel’s beak bow hull design promotes minimal drag, allowing it to reach speeds of up to 26 knots. Despite the speed, fuel savings and carbon reductions are achieved via the latest generation of engines.

Steve Pierce, General Manager for Goodchild Marine said, “We continue to focus our designs on the needs of UK ports as their requirements change, considering that ships visiting UK ports are getting ever bigger, along with changes to environmental legislation.”

Capt Mike Shipley, General Manager (Marine) for the Portland Port Group said, “This new pilot boat is part of a wider investment in the port to enable us to react to the changes in the size and types of ships visiting our port. Having researched the ORC Range of pilot boats, including visiting the ports that operate them, it gave us the confidence that our pilotage services will be enhanced which is good for the port and the visiting ships.”

The vessel will enter service at Portland Port in 2025.

Exhibitor; Goodchild Marine

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