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Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation, has de- livered the fi rst of six Chesapeake Class pilot boats for coast- al and offshore patrol operations and port security, provided by the Colombian Department of the Navy. Designed by C.

Raymond Hunt & Associates, the all-aluminum deep-V hull measures 56.6 ft. overall, with a 17.8-ft. beam and 3-ft. draft and has a top speed of 27 knots. The launch is powered by twin MAN R6-800CRM diesel engines, each delivering 800

Bhp at 2,300 rpm. The engines turn Ultra Jet UJ-452 water jets through ZF 360 gears. The boat is equipped with a 16kW

Alaska Diesel genset. At the transom is a winch-operated, rotating davit over the water-level recessed platform for res- cue operations. Interior accommodations include six bunks, a head and full galley, air conditioning, and Llebroc seats and an upholstered settee in the pilothouse.

Tampa Bay Pilots

The Tampa Bay pilot association ordered its second Ches- apeake Class launch and the fi rst in a new generation of

Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding’s popular, smaller pilot boats.

Delivery is scheduled for 2015. Since the Chesapeake Class pilot boat was introduced by the Somerset, Mass., shipyard in 2003, 15 have been delivered to pilot associations through- out the United States. According to shipyard offi cials, the latest improvements incorporate the performance benefi ts of Volvo Penta’s IPS 2 pod system. “The IPS 2 system was created to improve the performance and the arrangement of planning hulls like our pilot boats. This new generation of

Chesapeake launches, equipped with the IPS 2 pods, gives pilots what they have been asking for: higher speed, lower fuel consumption, and more comfort,” said Peter Duclos, president, Gladding-Hearn. With a deep-V hull designed by C. Raymond Hunt & Associates, the all-aluminum pilot boat measures 52.7 ft. overall, with a 16.8-ft. beam and a 4.5-ft. draft. It will be powered by twin Volvo Penta D11- 503, six cylinder, EPA Tier 3 diesel engines, each produc- ing 503 bhp at 2,a250 rpm. Each engine is connected to a

Volvo Penta IPS propulsion pod, which is fi tted with dual forward-facing, counter-rotating propellers and integrated exhaust system, and Volvo Penta’s integrated EPS electronic steering and control system. The shipyard’s goals of opti- mizing fuel economy, vessel handling and comfort of the

Chesapeake Class pilot boats are also behind installation of a Humphree Interceptor trim-control system. In addition to

Humphree’s Automatic Trim Optimization System, the boat will be outfi tted with the company’s Coordinated Turn Op- timization System (CTOS) integrated with the Volvo Penta

IPS pods. “The automatic trim-control system, which adjusts the running trim for a given speed, will give the pilots faster acceleration and improved comfort, while conserving fuel.

Northern Lights generator, with 9kW of output, will provide electricity. The vessel’s top speed is to reach 27 knots.


Coast Guard Receives

New Response Boat

The crew of U.S. Coast Guard Station

Milford Haven accepted delivery of the station’s newest asset, a 45-foot

Response Boat - Medium, which rep- resents the 146th boat in a fl eet of 170 being delivered to the service. The

RB-M replaces the aging fl eet of 41-ft.

Utility Boats (UTB) and assorted non- standard boats being used at Coast

Guard stations throughout the country.

The RB-M has a top speed of 49 mph and the new design includes a full cabin to protect the crew from the ele- ments, provides heating and air condi- tioning and features shock-mitigating seats. Station Milford Haven RB-M is number 146 of approximately 170 boats being delivered to the Coast

Guard during a period of eight to 10 years, half of which are being built in Kent, Wash., by Marinette Marine

Corporation’s major subcontractor,

Kvichak Marine Industries of Seattle,

Wash. MMC is building the other half of the fl eet in Green Bay, Wis.

Silver Ships to Build 36 Navy Boats

Silver Shipswon an Indefi nite De- livery Indefi nite Quantity contract to provide the U.S. Navy with the follow on variant of the 11-m Naval Special

Warfare Surface Support Craft for a total of 36 boats over fi ve years. The 11-m NSW SSC is an aluminum deep- vee hulled boat with a protective col- lar for open water utility operations.

Crafts are used from inland bays and waterways to deep water over the ho- rizon transits, in all operating condi- tions and weather. Open ocean diver and swimmer support, safety craft, medical transport, alongside vessel operations, combat craft and para- chutist water airdrop training support, over-the-horizon training evolutions.

Craft has a multipurpose deck for car- rying various payloads, dive equip- ment, or mission gear. Silver Ships continues its relationship within the

NSW community in providing a qual- ity platform and successful program.

North River Boats

ALMAR by North River Boats of Roseburg Oregon re- cently built and launched the fi rst of three 29 x 10 ft. Liberty

Walk Around vessels destined for the San Francisco area. The

Liberty family of boats features a Wing Hybrid Foam/Air

Fender protecting the exterior perimeter of the boat. Capable of speeds greater than 46 knots, this is a high speed craft designed for pursuit, quick maneuvering and excellent sea keeping capabilities. The fi rst of these boats was built for the

San Francisco Fire Department and will serve as a rescue plat- form working near the Golden

Gate Bridge. One of its main uses will be for Search and

Rescue missions. The next two of these boats will be used for

Law Enforcement in the same general areas. The boat is load- ed with a number of advanced features to make operations more safe and effi cient, including: • Walk Around cabin designed for ease of movement about the craft • Sliding side operator and navigator doors • Excellent visibility with 360 degree coverage and spotter windows • Spacious aft deck for cargo, MEDEVAC stretchers/ stokes, or personnel • Rescue notches to aid in Search & Rescue and Dive

Operations • Hybrid foam / air fender for hull protection, stability and fl otation if swamped • Twin Mercury Verado 300 hp outboard motors • Shoxs 6300 shock mitigating seats for operator and navigator. • Furuno MFD 12 Navnet electronics package • FLIR Thermal Imaging



Main Particulars

Length: 29 ft.

LOA: 34.6 ft.

Beam: 10 ft.

Bottom: 8.25 ft.

Deadrise: 24 °

Draft: 23 in. light ship, 26 in. fully loaded

Lightship: 8,550 lbs

Full Load: 11,500 lbs

Speed: 46.2 knots

Range: 320 NM

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