March 22, 2022
Beginning of March 2022, Snow & CompanySeattle, handed over Savannahthe first of two new 64’x19’6″ aluminum pilot boats from the Savanah Pilots Association. Designed by the UK Camarc Designthe single chine, flush deck 5086 aluminum vessel, with a full load draft of 3.63′, is the third pilot boat Camarc has designed for Savannah pilots.
Savannah is powered by MTU 12V2000M86 marine engines, Hamiltonjet HTX 52 water jets with AVX electronic controls, ZF 3055 marine gear, and Geislinger carbon fiber drive shafts/ Silence couplings. The power package is designed to give the new boat maneuverability and a top speed of 35 knots.
The vessel’s service power comes from two Phaser 30 kW generators and the new boat has a full load displacement of 102,000 lbs.
One of the oldest pilots associations in the United States, the Savannah Pilots Association has safely guided ships on the 25+ mile journey from sea entrance to Savannah Harbor since 1864. They need ships with excellent sea-keeping ability and maneuverability even in the worst sea conditions.
“Choosing Snow & Company as the builder and using our proven previous Camarc design was the right decision for us at the Savannah Pilots. These two ships will be our third and fourth built for us in Seattle, all at the same factory that has always produced ships Capt. Robert Thompson III, Pilot 23, Master Pilot and President of Savannah Pilots, said in a statement announcing the delivery.
Other pilot boat specifications include 1,200 gallons. of fuel and 150 gallons. fresh water; seats for seven pilots and two crew members – six Beurteaux pilot seats, a Stidd pilot seat and two Stidd crew seats; aircraft tire fenders; 500 pounds. SWL capacity rescue davit; day galley and pilot accommodation; and a complete electronic pack of Marine Mackay.
“Working with Snow & Company along with Camarc Design, MTU, Hamilton Jet and many other suppliers has produced an outstanding vessel for us looking forward to completing the second,” said Captain Nick Groover, Pilot 18, Vice President and Marine Superintendent. , Savannah Pilots.
“During our acceptance sea trials in Puget Sound, Seattle, the vessel exceeded our expectations for speed, reduced noise levels and smoothness. Heavy-duty construction by Snow & Company’s skilled construction team assures us of a strong and durable vessel with a lifespan of over 20 years. Capt. Rich Galuk, Chief Engineer, Savannah Pilots, said.
“For me, this boat is the start of a new type of work for our company, a niche in which we feel good. It is an honor to have been chosen by the pilots to build their new boats”, Brett Snow, owner of Snow & Company. “Bringing in experienced talent specializing in this type of construction has certainly helped us with fewer lessons learned, combined with new skilled workers eager to learn, allows us to produce beautiful and tough boats. It has been a great project, and we are all very proud of the ship we are delivering. The workshop people, the in-house design team, the naval architects in the UK, our project and production managers and our sub-contractors have come together to deliver a great vessel.
The second pilot boat for Savannah is currently underway and is expected to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2022.