The Port of Auckland has taken delivery of its unique catamaran pilot boat. The design, which incorporates Teknicraft's hydrofoil supported hull, has a fuel consumption of less than 4 lt/nm fuel when cruising at 28 kn. With a top speed of over 40 kn it can reach a ship, and be ready to transfer a pilot within a short time.
The excellent maneuverability of the waterjet control system, coupled to the asymmetrical hullshape, makes the boat predictable and stable when coming alongside a ship, and enables it to hold station and depart without having to counteract interference forces between the pilot boat and the ship. The pilothouse has ample of space for 3 crew and 4 pilots, and includes a separate galley and washroom facilities.
A hydraulic platform behind the transom, with stairs from the deck allows for a quick and safe method to retrieve a person from the sea in case of an emergency.