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Hart Marine has constructed pilot boats using DIAB structural cores with French Pantocarene design for use by Port Philip Sea Pilots, Victoria, Australia.
Hart Marine explains pilot boats are built for maximum performance and designed to guarantee safe operation. It must be a stable platform during pilot boarding, minimising vertical movement at high speeds in rough weather conditions and providing high manoeuvring capabilities and efficient running at transfer speeds, and all the structural elements must be able to manage a great deal of impact. Therefore, Port Philip Sea Pilot boats are built using composite materials. According to Hart Marine, Port Philip Sea Pilots selected French Pantocarene self-righting design and Hart Marine in Mornington, Victoria, Australia to build two new pilot boats, utilising DIAB structural cores.
The Hart Marine composite construction uses vacuum bag resin infused technology which provides thermal and acoustic advantages (better insulation in the cabin), lower maintenance costs over the life cycle of the vessel compared with other materials, and a high standard of finish.
The company states the core material used throughout its projects is provided by DIAB who also provides services through its technical service department and the Composites Consulting Group (CCG) engineering division. Hart Marine states that this partnership has enabled it to further develop its offerings and improve their efficiencies during the build process, so improved kitting solutions and finishes have allowed for the build time to be continuously reduced while keeping the strength requirements for vessels such as the new pilot boats.
Port Phillip Sea Pilot’s Maintenance Chief, Chris Richards, who has had 35 years with the sea pilot organisation, describes the design and construction of the new boats as exceptional. The French naval architects Pantocarene have also endorsed Hart Marine’s build quality.
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