Pilot Boats

Falmouth Pilots operate two coded pilot vessels. Both are extremely well maintained and capable of working across the full weather range experienced within semi-exposed pilotage areas such as Falmouth Bay and approaches.

Arrow

VT HALMATIC 16M

Pilot Boat (Arrow)

The Arrow is our newer vessel, designed by Carmarc and built in Portchester shipyard by VT Helmatic. She has everything expected of a fast, modern pilot boat with excellent operating capability, crew comfort and safety features incorporated throughout her design.

DIMENSIONS

16.73M x 5.25M x 1.5M

YEAR BUILT

2006

TOP SPEED

22 KNOTS

ENGINES

SCANIA D16 x 2, POWER(KW) 423

APPROX. WEIGHT

24 TONS

OPERATING AREA

CATEGORY 2

CAPACITY

15 PERSONS

CALL SIGN

MPHQ7

MMSI

23503738

L K MITCHELL

NELSON 17M

Pilot Boat (L K MITCHELL)

The LKM is much older than the Arrow, but no less usable. It is a heavy-built pilot vessel which has particularly good sea-keeping capabilities. Following an extensive refit by Pendennis Shipyard in 2009, including new Scania D16 engines, extensive re-wiring and wheelhouse re-design, the vessel performs to the standard of a modern boat.

DIMENSIONS

17M X 4.27M X 1.5M

YEAR BUILT

1978

TOP SPEED

20 KNOTS

ENGINES

SCANIA D16 X 2, POWER(KW) 423

APPROX. WEIGHT

32 TONS

OPERATING AREA

CATEGORY 3

CAPACITY

12 PERSONS

CALL SIGN

2PCB

MMSI

232004476

Mirrored Technology

Both vessels are equipped with high-quality sailor DSC VHFs and Furuno radars and chart plotters, and are driven by 2x Scania D16 engines with relatively low running hours that are regularly maintained and serviced. Despite the age difference, each vessel’s equipment mirrors the other, in order to ease crew transitions between them.

High-Level Safety Equipment

The level of safety equipment carried aboard is of the high standard expected of coded pilot vessels and work boats, including comprehensive man-overboard recovery systems, fire-fighting and suppression equipment and life rafts, flares and survival suits. Extras have been added outside of the coding requirements, including engine-room CCTV.

Pilot Boat Hire

The pilot boats are primarily responsible for the shipping of pilots to and from vessels and ensuring that the operation runs smoothly. The efficient running of the port is the priority, but they can be utilised for other services, such as:

  • Chart and package delivery for items manageable by hand
  • Safe boarding and landing of over/under-carried and deep-sea pilots
  • Shipment of personnel to/from vessels calling at Falmouth
  • VIP visits and harbour tours
  • Survey work

Ready to Respond

The vessels are backed up with an extensive range of spares held in stock, and in-house expertise in technical problem-solving, with a range of experienced contractors to call on, to reduce any threat to the vessels’ reliability and their ability to provide a comprehensive 24/7 service.

Commercial charter

Our fully coded pilot boats are available for short-term charter, subject to operating requirements, and we would welcome enquiries from any interested parties.

Crew Safety

Both vessels are equipped with full shock-absorbing seating, galley, heads and crew accommodation to ensure durability of crew and pilots over long periods on duty.

MECAL Certified

Both vessels are certified by the MECAL coding authority and undergo annual inspections both in and out of the water, in addition to the mandatory mid-term and five-year renewals.