First ORC 13.6m pilot boat at Seawork

ORC pilot boat A previous ORC pilot boat built by Goodchild Marine. Credit: Goodchild Marine
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The first 13m ORC pilot boat to enter service in the UK is being exhibited by Goodchild Marine Services Limited on the pontoon at Seawork.

She has been ordered by Estuary Services Limited and will operate in the Thames Estuary following the show. Other 13.6m ORC’S are already in production at Goodchild Marine’s yard in Burgh Castle, Norfolk, with a hybrid option available – the first of which has just been ordered by the Port of London and will be completely emission-free in electric mode.

Steve Pierce, Goodchild Marine’s general manager, said: “This year is very special as it is our 40th anniversary and we are confident that we have a diverse range of products and boats to display, demonstrating our ethos of continually listening to market interest and responding with a positive solution.”

Tony Birr, business development manager at Goodchild Marine is delivering a presentation about the hybrid option of pilot boats during the Seawork Commercial Conference, on Wednesday 4 July at 15.10pm.

Variety on display

Also displayed in Goodchild Marine’s berth will be Commercial Rib Charter’s 14.5-metre aluminium Crew Transfer Vessel, which follows the delivery of a similar boat ‘Galaxy’ in GRP.

Inside the exhibition is a working model of the company’s Man Overboard Recovery Platform. Designed to lift a casualty horizontally to prevent the risks of cardiac arrest, the system is available for both new builds and retro fits.

Goodchild Marine is the UK agent for Italdraghe and will be showcasing a full-size hydraulic dredging head, which can fit onto any hydraulic excavator, and makes it a mobile cutter suction dredger.

Goodchild Marine’s long-standing partnership with Briggs Marine will be marked by a networking drinks reception on the stand at 4pm both days.

Goodchild Marine Services Limited is exhibiting at Seawork on stands PB38, VB27 and VB25.

By Rebecca Jeffrey

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