Estonia''s Baltic Workboats has announced that the first vessel of its new 15-metre aluminium wave-piercing platform has successfully been built, tested and handed over to customer - Estonian Pilot Ltd.
Now named AHTO-14 she is the latest of Baltic’s very own designed wave-piercing series with, the company claims, top-of-the-segment seakeeping capability.
She has overall length of 14.95 metres and her maximum beam is 4,50 metres. Due to owner's request she also has a rescue capability with a hydraulic rescue platform in the aft of the vessel. Therefore special attention was also paid to keep her draft down at only 0,85 metres. Another focus was to re-design the whole wheelhouse windshield concept to maximise visibility and thereby add safety to the pilots’ dangerous working environment.
With a crew of two and seats for six pilots to sit in comfort she is ideal choice for smaller ports and harbours for all-year operations. Noise level at the wheelhouse is down to 65 dB at full speed and the wave-piercing hull ensures soft rides even at higher sea-states thus reducing the need for an extra foul-weather pilot boat.
AHTO-14 is powered by twin Volvo Penta D13MH marine diesel engines, each producing 368 kW @ 1800 rpm, using ZF 325-1 marine transmissions through fixed pitch propellers to propel her to above 27 knots.
By Jake Frith