Second New Pilot Boat For Gladstone Ports
Gladstone Ports Corporations (GPC) officially welcomed its new pilot vessel Goonanga with a blessing ceremony in February.
Goonanga, meaning black duck in the traditional language of the Byellee people, joins the existing fleet of five pilot vessels that service the Port of Gladstone, Port of Bundaberg and Port of Rockhampton.
Like Takoko (delivered in 2017), Goonanga is a 17.3-metre Hart Marine built ORC 173 design.
It is powered by twin 552kw Scania DI16 0706M diesels driving Veem propellers to give a maximum speed of 32 knots. It was delivered under its own power from Victoria over the Christmas/new Year period.
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 whilst improving efficiencies,” Walker said.
“This state of the art pilot vessel is leading the fleet for pilot launches in Queensland. We are grateful to have Goonanga join Takoko, as an additional modern vessel assisting us in servicing port operations.”