Time for a test drive does not remain. After Edelgard Lemke ("Mama
Pilot") the new building has yesterday at the shipyard Abeking and
Rasmussen (A & R) baptized at the Weser to the name "Groden",
the new pilot tender is used today in real operations in the stormy Elbe
estuary. Saturday, 03.Dec.2011, 15:29 (GMT+3)
CUXHAVEN. Time for a test drive does not remain. After Edelgard Lemke ("Mama Pilot") the new building has yesterday at the shipyard Abeking and Rasmussen (A & R) baptized at the Weser to the name "Groden", the new pilot tender is used today in real operations in the stormy Elbe estuary.
The 25 meters long and 14.25 meters wide and take over new construction must be here to represent the 1999-built predecessor SWATH ship "Duhnen". Which was recently damaged when translating a pilot on a container ship in four to five meters high seas in the Elbe estuary strong. No one was injured, fortunately. Since Thursday, are performed in the hangar of the A + R repairs. The managing director of Lotsbetriebsvereins, Andrew Schoonover is hoping that the boat in early January can go back into the insert.
The requirements for the relatively small Versetzeinheiten and their teams are considerable. Alone with the "Duhnen" have been about twelve years before the commissioning of 222 400 dislocations were carried out. Due to the increase in traffic again, the number of dislocations in the past year at 27 643 for the same range.
On behalf of the Parliamentary State Secretary Anak Ferlemann underlined the President of the Waterways and Shipping Directorate North, Dr. Hans-Heinrich Witte, the need for a deepening of the Elbe and Weser (video).
In addition, the federal government 300 million euros in the construction of a fifth lock chamber in BrunsbĂĽttel would invest to make these important waterway for Hamburg ready for the future. An important role in road safety concept played the German coastal traffic control centers and the 770 German pilots, organized into seven fraternities, all year, around the clock, ensured the security in the troubled waters of estuaries, so Witte. Almost 12 million euros has cost the new building. In relation to the previously required helicopter pilot transfers and transfers to other ports, and against the background of operations through the port of Hamburg amounts of charge are the comparatively low cost. According to pilots older man Albrecht Kramer, the SWATH system has proven itself against the background of highly reduced cost. Compared to the older ships Duhnen DĂ¶se, Borkum and Wangeroog was the new "Groden" more powerful engines (952 hp twice) and installed an improved bridge layout.
Has laid the keel of A & R on Thursday a completely new type of seaworthy, fast Versetzbootes, called SWASH. The 20-meter-long boat consists of a Singlehull (Monohull as semi-submersibles) with two eight-meter long, slender arms, which provide only for the stability. The boat could come as a new type of pilot transfer from BrunsbĂĽttel used.