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Pilot Boat no 20 to Denmark

Docksta, Sweden, 29th May, 2005: The twentieth Pilot Boat from Dockstavarvet to Denmark was delivered in April 2005. The new vessel, named LUNA, was taken over at the Nordhavn A/S facilities, in the port of Aarhus. LUNA will be stationed in Fredericia, the main station of Belt Pilot. The Belt Pilot organisation was formed from independent pilot organisations Little Belt, Esbjerg, Odense and Kalundborg with altogether about 18 pilots and 29 coxswains.

LUNA is the 14th boat of the 14 meter type. It measures 13.9 x 4.6m with a hull in aluminium and a resiliently mounted GRP sandwich deckhouse with seating for up to 6 pilots in addition to the coxswain. LUNA is the first unit delivered with the new Scania 16 litre engines combined with Twin Disc Quick Shift gears and electronic control system. With a heavy duty rating of 400 kW this drive line give a sprint speed of 23 knots and very smooth manoeuvring. The noise level in the wheelhouse is extremely low, well below the stipulated 65 db(A). Furuno has delivered the navigational equipment including their new FAR-2X17 black-box radar, SC-50 GPS compass, autopilot, MaxSea chart system and two 17 inch flat-screens.

In addition to the normal security equipment, the AP14000 is fitted with a man overboard direction finder, a rescue crane and a separate manoeuvring station on the aft deck, to facilitate fast and safe salvage of a person from the water even under severe conditions.

Three more boats of the same type are in build at the Dockstavarvet shipyard with final delivery in May 2006.