USA: Kvichak Marine Industries Receives Contract to Build 2 Pilot Vessels
Kvichak Marine Industries has received a contract to build two 50’ x 15.5’ pilot vessels. The Vessels are intended for the Crescent River Port Pilots (CRPPA) of Louisiana, reports MarineLink.
These vessels are all-aluminium and they will be powered by twin Detroit Diesel 60 series engines, rated for 600 BHP coupled to Twin Disc MG5114SC marine gears. Hamilton 364 waterjets are the chosen propulsors. This combination allows for excellent maneuverability and a top speed of ~ 32 knots. The vessels are equipped with a Wing Hybrid fendering system and a roof boarding platform specifically designed for the CRPPA.
Delivery of the first vessel is scheduled for May 2012 and of the second one in September 2012.
The Crescent River Port Pilots operate on the Mississippi River between Pilot Town and New Orleans, LA. The Crescent Pilots use their knowledge of local waters and port conditions, and their experience as professional pilots to move a wide range of vessels ranging from oil tankers to cruise ships.
Approximately 100 pilots belong to the Crescent River Port Pilots’ Association, and their services are essential to the local maritime economy and to the State of Louisiana. Working closely with the United States Coast Guard and shipping agencies, the Crescent Pilots safely navigate more than 5,400 vessels a year while protecting the citizens and the environment. The Crescent Pilots are also proud to contribute to an industry that brings the global economy and jobs to Louisiana’s ports and waterways.
About Kvichak Marine
For 30 years, Kvichak Marine (pronounced Kweejack) has been recognized as a worldwide leader in the design and construction of high quality, hardworking aluminum vessels.
Kvichak vessels are on the job and meeting the rigorous demands of the sea everyday. Whether it is fisheries patrol or firefighting; transporting passengers or transporting pilots — Kvichak constructs vessels that have been proven reliable and durable on any mission.
Naval Today Staff , November 29, 2011; Image: Kvichak