New pilot vessel for ABP Hull
Fri, 28 March 2014
The newest addition to Associated British Ports’ (ABP) Humber Estuary Services (HES) fleet of pilot vessels has been named at the All Weather Terminal at the Port of Hull’s King George Dock.
ABP invested £1.2m in the new Nelson class vessel, Humber Jupiter, as part of an upgrade to its fleet of pilot launches.
ABP Director, Humber John Fitzgerald, said: “Every year over 30,000 commercial vessel movements take place on the Humber and 60% of these require pilotage. The importance of the Humber ports to the whole of the UK cannot be underestimated. It is therefore vital that we continue equip our pilots with the right tools to meet the challenges of the future.”
Humber Jupiter complements the existing four vessels in the pilot launch fleet and is capable of carrying eight pilots and a crew of two at speeds of up to 23 knots.
The vessel represents a significant investment by ABP, which it says is a demonstration of its commitment to the safety and efficiency of the pilotage operations on the Humber, the UK’s busiest commercial waterway, for which ABP is the Statutory and Competent Harbour Authority.
ABP's new vessel was named in a traditional ceremony jointly hosted by John Fitzgerald, ABP Director, Humber, and ABP Harbour Master, Humber, Captain Phil Cowing.