12m Goodchild ORC 121 for ABP Lowestoft

'Kingfisher' 'Kingfisher' was officially handed over to the Port of Lowestoft at Seawork 2019 by Goodchild Marine. Picture: Rebecca Jeffrey

Goodchild Marine has constructed a 12m ORC 121 pilot cutter for Associated British Ports (ABP) Lowestoft, the first 121 to go into service and the first of its size for the UK.

Designed by Pantocarene and adapted by Goodchild Marine for the UK market, Kingfisher has been built with the classic features of the company’s flagship ORC range, making the boat faster and more fuel effective than previous models. It can achieve high transit speeds, even in demanding conditions.

Mike McCartain, marine director at ABP, said: "We're delighted at ABP to be taking on this vessel from Goodchild Marine. It's a very innovative, modern boat and we're looking forward to the future."

"Given where we are with fuel consumption and environmental concerns, this boat is at the leading edge of where we want to be.

Long history

The vessel will transport pilots to and from boats in the North Sea and comes nearly 25 years after Goodchild Marine built Osprey, ABP Lowestoft’s previous pilot boat.

Alan Goodchild, managing director of Goodchild Marine, said: We're delighted to have had the opportunity to build what is ABP Lowestoft's second boat, which was put into service 24 years ago.

"We believe in the ORC. The fuel efficiency that these boats deliver is amazing and they deliver a safe passage as well, which is really important. A prominent operator like ABP adopting it is fantastic for us as a yard.

By Rebecca Jeffrey

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