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Pilot Boat no 17 to Denmark

Docksta, Sweden 18 February 2004: Dockstavarvet has delivered yet another 14 meter pilot boat to the Danish Pilotage Authority – the Lodsreguleringsfonden/ -Farvandsvesendet. The new vessel, named FRIGG, was taken over at the Nordhavn A/S facilities, in the port of Aarhus. FRIGG will be stationed at the Belt Pilot´s station in Kalundborg. The Belt Pilot is built up of the former independent pilot organisations Little Belt, Esbjerg, Odense and Kalundborg. Their main station is located to Fredericia and they are altogether about 18 pilots and 29 coxswains.

The new pilot boat FRIGG will replace the former SIRIUS, also delivered by Dockstavarvet to Kalundborg back in 1994. SIRIUS is now transferred to Odense, replacing their old 13 meter POLLUX, manufactured in Dockstavarvet in 1993 and now transferred to Fredericia. ALDEBARAN, the first pilot boat for Denmark from Dockstavarvet delivered in 1992, has now been transferred to Esbjerg, where she will replace an old Nelson pilot boat.

FRIGG, the 17th Pilot Boat from Dockstavarvet to Denmark since 1992, is the 11th of the 14 m pilot boat type AP14700. It measures 13.9 x 4.6 m with a hull in aluminium and a resiliently mounted GRP sandwich deckhouse. The deckhouse includes a raised wheelhouse and a semi sunk saloon with toilet and pantry. The salon is fitted with a pullman sofa and a dinette seating 4 persons. Displacement is 22 tons and two Scania engines, type DSI 14 on 400 kW each, give a sprint speed of 24 knots. Furuno has delivered the navigational equipment including their new black-box radar and a 15  inch flat-screen, GPS compass, autopilot and the MaxSea chart system.

In addition to the normal security equipment, the AP14700 is fitted with a man overboard direction finder, a rescue crane with a separate manoeuvring station on the aft deck, to facilitate fast and safe salvage of a person from the water even under severe conditions.

One further pilot boat is under construction at the Dockstavarvet shipyard for delivery to the Danpilot in Grenaa in May 2004.