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The brand new vessel is the most recent results of Steel Shark’s ongoing enlargement into the pilot boat market,
Jeanerette, La.-headquartered Steel Shark has delivered a 55- by 17-foot welded aluminum pilot boat to the Pascagoula Bar Pilots Affiliation in Mississippi.
Referred to as Singing River Island, the vessel is the second Steel Shark pilot boat to affix the Pascagoula Pilots fleet and represents the most recent evolution within the builder’s rising Defiant-class pilot boat lineup. Designed by Steel Shark’s in-house engineering workforce and constructed on the firm’s Franklin, La., shipyard, the brand new 55 Defiant Pilot combines a confirmed hull type with a contemporary, crew-friendly association designed to ship class-leading consolation, security, effectivity, and efficiency.
“Steel Shark has succeeded in combining high quality and luxury,” stated Pascagoula Bar Pilots Affiliation Capt. Walter Gautier. “This vessel is proving every day to be a secure and pilot-friendly platform for transfers at sea.”
For its pilot boat purchasers, Steel Shark pairs the military-proven Defiant hull type with an association designed particularly for pilotage. Flat, non-skid decks run from bow to stern and permit pilots to maneuver shortly and safely across the vessel, rugged pilot-specific fendering methods soak up impacts, and stern corners and bow characteristic a mild radius to permit straightforward underway separation from ships following pilot switch. Security rails and seize handles are rigorously positioned, and pilot boarding platforms are configured to go well with the necessities of every operator. For Pascagoula, a foredeck switch zone options built-in port, starboard, and ahead stairways main to 2 deployable platforms, permitting pilots to shortly and safely board ships from both aspect of the vessel.
The 55 Defiant Pilot options an revolutionary pilothouse designed to ship best-in-class visibility. Using Steel Shark’s signature “pillarless glass” with reverse-raked windshield considerably reduces blind spots in comparison with the trade’s legacy pilot boat designs with smaller, framed home windows. An revolutionary two-tiered aspect window association, with a second row of home windows under the belt line, offers unmatched downward-angle visibility from the helm throughout alongside maneuvers or man-overboard retrieval. A panoramic skylight array offers an unobstructed upwards view whereas working alongside ships throughout pilot switch.
As constructed for Pascagoula Pilots, the 55 Defiant’s spacious climate-controlled cabin is supplied with 4 Dometic HVAC models and presents seating for seven, accommodating a single operator ahead plus six pilot passengers. For consolation and comfort, every swivel seating place is supplied with a footrest, adjustable armrests, white/pink LED lighting, a drink holder, and two 12-volt USB retailers.
A full electronics suite consists of Furuno TZtouch2 multifunction black field system with built-in GPS, radar, depth sounder, and a FLIR M-series 364C premium thermal imaging system for nighttime operations. 5 closed-circuit cameras permit the vessel’s operator to watch the engine room and aft deck from a number of angles at a look whereas nonetheless sustaining watch. All of those options are displayed on three 19-inch Nauticomp GB Elite Sequence multi-touch shows.
Under deck lodging embody an enclosed head compartment with recent water sink, bunks, and particular person storage lockers for crew members’ private gadgets. Acoustic insulation and flooring are employed all through the vessel to scale back noise and vibration.
To fulfill the consumer’s efficiency necessities, Steel Shark geared up the Singing River Island with twin 803-horsepower Cat C18 engines turning Michigan Wheel 34-inch diameter Nibral four-blade propellers via Twin Disc MGX5146A 1.961 gears. This mix delivers a cruising velocity within the 25-knot vary and a high velocity approaching 30 knots. An 800-gallon gas capability permits for a cruise velocity vary of roughly 280 nautical miles.
The brand new vessel is the most recent results of Steel Shark’s ongoing enlargement into the pilot boat market, following two 45-foot Defiant pilot boats delivered to Belle Chasse Marine Transportation in late 2019, and 45-foot and 64-foot Defiant pilot boats delivered in 2018.
“Via an unwavering dedication to product enchancment and a major funding in engineering, we proceed to broaden and evolve our portfolio,” stated Steel Shark CEO Chris Allard. “Prior to now two years we have now delivered completely new 32 foot, 38 foot, 40 foot, 50 foot, 55 foot, and 70 foot Defiant fashions, every using an extensively confirmed hull type and optimized for its particular mission. By working carefully with our prospects and regularly monitoring market traits, we try to be predictive as a substitute of reactive, designing and constructing more and more fashionable, succesful, and crew-friendly vessels and delivering them sooner.”
“I’d prefer to thank the Pascagoula Bar Pilots Affiliation for permitting us to construct their second Steel Shark pilot boat,” stated Steel Shark’s Vice President of Business Gross sales, Carl Wegener. “We acknowledge that our purchasers have selections, and it’s a actual validation of our ongoing efforts within the pilot boat sector to earn a repeat buyer; one we hope to maintain within the Steel Shark household for years to return. We invite all pilot teams to study in regards to the many benefits of a next-generation Steel Shark pilot boat.”