Marco Shipyard Concludes Pilot Station Vessel Contract
Marco Shipyard has concluded its contract for two new pilot station vessels for the San Francisco Bar Pilots with the delivery of the 104-ft. (31.7-m) California — sistership to San Francisco.
Outfitted with the latest navaids and communications technology, the new Marco-designed boats transfer pilots safely to and from ships entering or leaving San Francisco Bay. and provide quarters for pilots between assignments. The San Francisco Bar Pilots maintain two pilots stations — one of which is on duty 12 miles outside the Golden Gate Bridge at all times — in order to serve approximately 8.500 vessels per year. California's raised pilothouse forward provides excellent visibility over pilot transfer operations on both the port and starboard sides, as well as clear visibility up the side of the vessel being ser- viced.
The vessel's accommodations are provided on the lower deck, with an eightperson berthing compartment for pilots forward: crew quarters for five are located aft of the amidships engine room.
Located at the vessel's stern is a 16-ft. (4.8-m) Ocean Tech RIB powered by a 100-hp diesel engine and waterjet, which can be used as an emergency rescue boat and for pilot transfers with low-freeboard vessels. The RIB is carried on a hydraulically-powered cradle that lowers the boat for release while underway, raising it to main deck level for stowage.
Measuring 104 ft. (37.1 m) with a beam of 30 ft. (9 m), and a depth of 13 ft. (3.8 m), the all-steel, twin-screw California is powered by a pair of Caterpillar diesels, providing a combined 2,200 hp to drive its 64-in. Sound Propeller via Twin Disc gearboxes.
Exceeding its 14-knot design speed during trials, the vessel is fitted with a host of distribution panels, master alarm panel and wiring by Harris Electric. Electronics onboard include two Furuno X-band radars, GPS receivers, color depth sounder; Transas chart plotting system; Sperry gyrocompass; and Litton autopilot