Kvichak Marine Industries, of Seattle, WA, was recently awarded a contract to build a 50’ x 15.5’ pilot vessel for the Southwest Alaska Pilots Association (SWAPA). SWAPA provides pilotage service in the coastal areas of South Central Alaska.
Designed by Kvichak Marine, the all-aluminum vessel will be powered by twin CAT C18 ACERT tier II engines rated for 715 BHP coupled to Twin Disc MGX-5135SC marine gears. Hamilton 364 waterjets are the chosen propulsors. This combination allows for excellent maneuverability and a top speed of ~ 32 knots. The vessel will have a Wing Hybrid fendering system.
Delivery is scheduled for June 2013
Additional vessel features include:
• Overall length: 52.3’
• Beam, overall: 15.5’
• Draft (RFS): 2.75’
• Fuel capacity: 500 gallons
• Top speed: ~32 knots
• Integrated navigation system
• Northern Lights 20 kW generator
• Climate controlled pilot house
• 2 crew and 4 passengers
• Deck heating
• Wing Hybrid fendering system
• Handrail heating
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