Pilot cutter boost for Shoreham Port

Shoreham Port's new pilot cutter, Deneb
Shoreham Port's new pilot cutter, Deneb

OFFSHORE services at Shoreham Port have been saving ship owners time and money, thanks to the introduction of a new pilot cutter.

The Deneb, with a maximum speed of 20 knots, has performed many duties since it was delivered to the port at the end of last year.

One of the most recent calls, to bring an engineer ashore from a passing ship in the English Channel demonstrated its main purpose.

The engineer had been aboard the SKS Skeena, an oil tanker en route to Algeria, fixing a problem since the vessel had departed Rotterdam.

Constrained by its draught of 15.9m, the vessel could only rendezvous with Deneb seven miles off Shoreham Port.

The pilot cutter service meant he could be picked up easily, saving considerable time and money. Deneb was built last year with just this sort of task in mind.

Helping the engineeer on to the pilot cutter from the oil tanker

Helping the engineeer on to the pilot cutter from the oil tanker

Senior coxswain Paul Watts said: “Our skilled team were happy to assist the crew on board SKS Skeena. With the busy westbound channel shipping lane, Shoreham is ideally placed for passing vessels who need our services, so we can look forward to many more interesting and varied transfers in the future.”

Apart from the bread and butter job of performing around 2,000 boardings and landings of pilots to ships each year, Shoreham’s two pilot cutters periodically undertake these offshore services, a task for which they are both fully coded.

With the busy westbound channel shipping lane, Shoreham is ideally placed for passing vessels who need our services, so we can look forward to many more interesting and varied transfers in the future

Senior coxswain Paul Watts
Approaching the SKS Skeena in the English Channel

Approaching the SKS Skeena in the English Channel