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Option exercised for Pilot Boats to Denmark

Docksta, Sweden, 9 July 2003: The Danish Pilotage Authority has exercised its option on further two Dockstavarvet AP 14000 pilot boats. The order is a follow-up from February last year when the Pilotage Authority ordered two vessels with an option for a further six. All in all, Dockstavarvet has delivered 17 pilot boats to Denmark over the past 11 years and with last year’s order there is still an option for a further four launches. The two new vessels, with new building numbers 531 and 532, will be delivered in December and in May 2004.

“This new order is the very best evidence of a satisfied customer and it will further strengthen us in doing our best,” explains Mr K-A Sundin, Managing Director of Dockstavarvet.

The ALUPILOT 14000 is a 13.9 x 4.6 meter semi-displacement all-aluminium craft with a resiliently mounted GRP sandwich deckhouse. The hull design, based on the well-known Murray Cormack lines, is modified for higher speeds. The vessels have an on-deck wheelhouse with around the horizon visibility and a semi-sunk saloon seating up to 8 pilots. Two Scania DSI 14 diesels rated 390 kW at 1800 rpm, each connected to a fixed pitch propeller through a ZF 550 A gearbox, give a speed of 24 knots. The vessels are classified according to the Special Service Craft Rules of Lloyd’s Register of Shipping.