A new pilot craft for the Oslo Fjord
A second highly specialised pilot craft has been delivered ready for service from Swedish boatbuilder Dockstavarvet. The new craft was christened ‘LOS 117’ and will work in the Oslo Fjord Entrance serving the stations of Hvaler, Hvasser and Langesund.
Its predecessor, ‘LOS 115’, was delivered to the Norwegian Coastal Administration for Kirkenes Pilot Station in North Eastern Norway in May last year.
LOS 117 has been fitted with the bolted truck tyre heavy duty fender system used on all Docksta Pilot Boats delivered during the last 15 years. In addition to the normal security equipment, LOS 117 is also fitted with a comprehensive heating system to keep decks, boarding platforms and handrails free from ice in below zero conditions.
In between LOS 115 and LOS 117, Docksta also delivered the 17m twin screw fast launch ‘LOS 116’ to the same customer. A second unit of this type (Alupilot 17000) is currently in production for delivery in June 2009 and three more will follow later this year and in 2010.