13 Feb NEW PILOT VESSELS MAKE GPC THE EVNY OF PORTS AROUND AUSTRALIA
Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) has welcomed a new pilot vessel “Goonanga”. The vessel was honoured last Wednesday afternoon with a centuries-old blessing.
Goonanga, meaning Black Duck in the traditional language of the Byellee peoples, will join the existing fleet of five pilot vessels that service the Port of Gladstone, Port of Bundaberg and Port of Rockhampton.
Pilot vessels are used to transport Marine Pilots to ships that arrive off the Ports before port entry and berthing. GPC Acting CEO Craig Walker said the vessel was a much-anticipated addition to the fleet for the Gladstone Marine Pilot Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of GPC.
“The Goonanga is a Pantocarene designed self-righting Australian built pilot vessel that will deliver a higher level of safety for our pilots and ease of operation while improving efficiencies,” Mr Walker said. “This state-of-the-art pilot vessel is leading the fleet for pilot launches in Queensland. Honouring shipping tradition we have blessed the vessel to ensure the safety and prosperity of the vessel and its crew on board.”
Both the Goonanga and the Takoko vessels are 100% Australian made in the Mornington Peninsula by HART Marine. Pantocarene Navel Architects based in France designed the unique hull. The vessels have a cruise speed of 28/30 knots and have been designed to be self-righting and wave piercing to cut through waves and absorb larger impacts. They also feature a rubber mounted cockpit designed to eliminate vibration and noise.
Since joining the Marine Pilot fleet, the new vessels have increased efficiencies by reducing the time it takes for Pilots to travel to Fairway Bouy from over an hour to approx. 45mins in optimal weather conditions.
Interesting Facts –
⚓️Goonanga and Takoko are the same vessel model, and in 18 months the Takoko has travelled the equivalent of 4.5 times around the world at the equator, or just shy of 100,000 nautical miles
⚓️Each year the Marine Pilot fleet support around 4000 vessel movements per year.