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SWATH pilot station
Germanischer Lloyd, +100
A5 K, +MC AUT, Pilot Vessel
Ministerium für Verkehr,
Bau und Stadtentwicklung,
Abeking & Rasmussen
Schiffs- und Yachtwerft
4 x MTU 8V 4000 M50A,
2 x Schaffran fixed
2 x active stabilizer fins
2 x Palfinger 0.8 tonnes
2 x single arm Vestdavit
davits, 10-tonnes SWL
2 x Chantier Naval Bernard
pilot/work boats, each 8
metres / 20 knots
25 cabins for pilots,
each with bathroom,
each with one additional
Pullman berth; 34 single
cabins for crew, each
with own bathroom
4 x mess rooms
The new pilot station ship 'Elbe' was
christened at a formal ceremony in March.
This ship is the largest of its kind built
by Abeking & Rasmussen and was
christened by Susanne Ramsauer, wife of
Germany's Federal Minister of Transport,
Building and Urban Development. The
ceremony was attended by numerous
representatives from national and local
government, different pilot organisations,
industry and the shipyard itself.
This 60.4-metre-long and 24.6-metre-wide
vessel is the first of two similar vessels for
German pilots. The new buildings are vessels
to be used as pilot station ships in the
German Bight. After a successful Europe-wide
tender in July 2006.
Abeking & Rasmussen was awarded the
contract to construct and supply both fully
operational vessels for the Waterways and
Shipping Directorates North (Kiel) and
Northwest (Aurich) by the Federal
Waterways Engineering and Research
Institute (Bundesanstalt für Wasserbau,
BAW) on April 19, 2007.
The newly commissioned vessels will
replace their ageing 40-year-old predecessors
('Kommodore Ruser', 'Gotthilf Hagen',
'Kapitän König'). The ten-year-old, 50-metre
SWATH@A&R pilot station ship 'Hanse'
(formerly known as 'Elbe') is now available
to pilots on the Elbe and Weser rivers in case
Accordingly, the fleet has been
consistently modernised, culminating in the
construction of these ships. The fleet will
then consist of the following vessels: the
60-metre SWATH pilot station ship 'Elbe' and
a near identical vessel, the 50-metre SWATH
pilot station ship 'Hanse' and the SWATH
pilot tenders 'Döse', 'Duhnen', 'Wangeroog'
These are the ninth and tenth ships of
this type to be built and delivered. Most of
them perform their duties in the North Sea
for German and Dutch pilots. The Belgian
pilots have also recently opted for this
system and ordered three 25-metre tenders
and a 60-metre station ship. In addition, a
25-metre SWATH tender to be used as a wind
farm service vessel is about to be delivered.
Due to their exceptional navigational
characteristics, the Latvian Navy has
also chosen SWATH@A&R as patrol boats
and placed an order in Lemwerder for
two 25-metre vessels. The Estonian
waterways authorities have also opted
for a hydrographic research vessel with
SWATH@A&R technology as part of the
EU-funded "Improving navigational safety in
Estonian waters" programme.
In the private sector, the unusual hull
design has also kept a successful course.
The 40-metre expedition yacht, 'Silver
Cloud', is currently on a trip around the
world with its owner.
For further information contact:
Abeking & Rasmussen, Germany.
PH: +49 421 6733 0, FX: +49 421 6733 112,
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