Vigor to build Camarc pilot boat pair for Port of LA

Written by Marine Log Staff
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Camarc 56 ft pilot boat

The Port of Los Angeles has recently awarded Vigor a contract to build two 56’ pilot boats.

The boats are being built to a design by Camarc Design of the U.K. and features a twin chine heavy weather hull form for excellent seakeeping. The design accommodates multiple heavy fender systems facilitating safer pilot transfers in challenging weather. An articulated rescue davit provides man overboard recovery. The overall design also maximizes the available horsepower and performance from a Tier III (non-catalyst) level engine.

“Vigor is excited to be able to offer these pilot boats to the dedicated professionals of the LA Port Pilots,” said Art Parker, Vigor sales manager. “Camarc has optimized this design to incorporate the significant seakeeping and safety of the larger pilot boats. The American mid-sized market has needed a world-class pilot boat at an acceptable acquisition and maintenance cost. This is without a doubt a proven break-through design.”

Vigor expects to complete construction of the boats by late summer of 2020.

  • Principal characteristics of the boats are:
  • All aluminum construction
  • Accommodates 2 crew/8 pilots
  • Designer: Camarc Design
  • Max speed: 27 knots
  • Cruise speed: 24 knots
  • Length, Overall: 55 ft – 4 in
  • Beam, Overall: 16 ft- 5 in
  • Fender System: Heavy Weather integrated Popsafe fender
  • Design Displacement: 61,000 lbs
  • Fuel Oil Capacity: 660 gal
  • Freshwater Capacity: 66 gal
  • Engine: Twin Caterpillar C18 ACERT
  • Engine rating: 803 bhp @ 2,100 rpm
  • Emission compliance: EPA Tier III, meets current CARB Commercial Harbor Craft emission requirements. (Non-Catalyst)
  • Transmission: ZF665A-1
  • Propeller type: 5 bladed fixed pitched
  • Material: NiBrAl
  • Genset: Northern Lights M844DW3
  • Rating: 16 kW, 120/240 VAC, 60 Hz
  • Furuno navigation/electronics system
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