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Poole Harbour Commissioners invest in new pilot vessel

PHC new boatCommitted to ensuring the safety of all personnel, Poole Harbour Commissioners link will open in new window(PHC) has invested in a state-of-the-art pilot vessel.

Many PHC personnel are required to work in harsh conditions to maintain a 24-hour, 365 day, pilotage service ensuring the safety of navigation of commercial shipping transiting the main channels in Poole Harbour.

PHC has procured the new pilot vessel ‘Barracuda’ to replace its 40 year old Nelson 42 vessel called ‘Vandyke’ and it will be operating in the harbour before the end of the year.

The new 12 metre pilot vessel will also provide a quick response, when required, for byelaw enforcement and incident investigation.

Jim Stewart, Chief Executive of Poole Harbour Commissioners, says: “Barracuda is scheduled to be launched in to Poole Harbour, later this year,  following a thorough inspection and sea trials. The new vessel will operate, at times, in poor conditions to ensure the safety of our pilots and crew, maintaining this vital, all year round service.

“PHC is committed to investing in new technologies to not only ensure the safety of our personnel but also harbour users.”

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