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CURRENT ISSUE

ARM MERCHANT SHIPS?
Should merchant ships transiting high risk areas carry small arms for defense against pirates?

Selected crew should be trained and have guns available
Professional armed security teams should be hired
No guns on merchant ships, ever

PILOT BOAT

October 1, 2009

Kvichak Marine wins export order

Kvichak Marine Industries, Seattle, Wash., and Camarc Design, U.K., have teamed up, in close cooperation with the owner, to design and build three pilot boats for the Dutch Pilotage Organization (Loodswezen).

The all-weather fast pilot boats will operate from ports along the Dutch coast.

With a 75.1 ft overall length and an overall beam of 22.3 ft, the all-aluminum vessels are powered by twin Caterpillar C-32 ACERT engines, coupled to ZF 3050 marine gears. Hamilton 651 water jets are the chosen propulsors. This combination allows for excellent maneuverability and a top speed of about 28.5 knots fully loaded.

The boats will provide seating for three operators and 12 pilots and feature Pop-Safe fendering and a floating and removable house.

To meet the stringent emission regulations set by the Port of Rotterdam, the boats will each have a Selective Catalytic Reduction system and a diesel particulate filter. The emission performance will see a reduction of 98 percent in particulate matter and a 60 percent reduction of NOx and SOx, fulfilling all new requirements by IMO and EU guidelines.

Completion dates are scheduled for January 2010, February 2010 and April 2010.


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