Se­cond New Pilot Boat For Glad­stone Ports

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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.”

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