NOVEMBER 3, 2012—Kvichak Marine Industries, Seattle, WA, recently delivered the second 52 ft x 15.5 ft pilot boat M/V River Pilot to the Crescent River Port Pilots (CRPPA) of Louisiana. The River Pilot will be operate on the Mississippi River between its homeport in Pilottown and New Orleans with the Samuel A. Church, which was delivered by Kvichak in May 2012.
Designed by Kvichak Marine, the all-aluminum vessel is powered by two Detroit Diesel 60 series engines, each rated at 600 bhp, coupled to Twin Disc MG5114SC marine gears that drive Hamilton 364 waterjets. This combination allows for excellent maneuverability and a top speed of about 32 knots. The vessel has a Wing Hybrid fendering system and a roof boarding platform specifically designed for the CRPPA.
Other equipment onboard will include a North Lights 9 kW generator and a Furuno navigation system.