SOMERSET, Mass, − March 5, 2016 – The Sabine Pilots Services in Port Arthur, Texas , has accepted delivery of Port Arthur, a new Chesapeake Class pilot boat from Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation.
With a length overall of 53.6, a beam of 17.8’, and a draft of 4.8’, the all-aluminum pilot boat features the C. Raymond Hunt-designed Deep V hull. It is powered by twin Caterpillar C-18 diesel engines, each delivering 715 Bhp at 2100 rpm and a top speed of 28 knots. Twin Disc MGX-5135A “Quickshift” gears turn the five-blade NiBrAl propellers. A Humphree Interceptor trim control system is installed at the transom. According to Capt. Andrew Guidry, a Sabine pilot, the new boat’s fuel consumption is half that of the association’s bigger boats and at the same speed.
The wheelhouse, flush-mounted to the deck amidships and with forward-leaning front windows, is outfitted with eight Llebroc seats and a settee and is cooled by two 16,000 Btu MarineAir self-contained, reverse-cycle air-conditioning units.
The fore-castle includes upholstered V-berth and two settee berths, a mini-galley, equipped with a settee, marine head, SS sink, under-counter refrigerator and microwave, and is cooled by a 12,000 Btu AC unit.
Outside of the wheelhouse, there are boarding platforms on the roof and foredeck. At the transom are throttle and steering controls, and a winch-operated, rotating davit over a recessed platform for rescue operations. The Port Arthur is the first pilot boat in the nation equipped with the Harkin TR31 safety rail system around the deck, said shipyard officials.