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Berthon awarded Contract with AB Ports to Refit Pilot Vessel “Beaufort”

November 1, 2018

Berthon to refit ABP Pilot Vessel

PV Beaufort – Primary Pilot Cutter SW Wales (Stationed Swansea)
Length – 18.55 m
LWL – 16.32 m
Beam – 5.7 m
Full Load Draught – 1.45m
Capacity – 5 Pilots / Surveyors / Third party Passengers plus 2 crew

Following a competitive tendering process, as a result of Berthon’s experience as a Defence and Commercial sector refit yard, and following Berthon’s previous success with the refit of AB Ports Pilot Cutter PV PROVIDENCE (Primary Pilot Cutter SE Wales – Stationed Barry) Berthon was awarded a contract for the refit of the Pilot Cutter PV BEAUFORT by AB Ports South Wales.

BEAUFORT was originally built by VT Halmatic at 18.55m in Length it is powered by two Caterpillar 3406E Marine diesel engines producing 700BHP at 2200rpm, the main engines also drive through two Twin Disk MG5114 gearboxes.


The refit includes the following carried out to MCA workboat code:

  • Install new fendering system
  • Undertake hull composite repairs
  • Installation of new windows in Wheelhouse
  • Complete hull repaint
  • New suspension seating
  • Renew catholic protection
  • Seacock servicing and replacement
  • Upgrading man overboard system
  • Removal & servicing of rudders and shafts
  • Upgrading the electrical system
  • Engine removal and rebuild, plus management system upgrade
  • Wheelhouse interior relining
  • Clean and servicing fuel tanks – each tank supplies a dedicated engine and generator, the tank capacity is Forward 3250lts Aft 3750ltrs
  • Freshwater water system servicing & certification
  • Refurbish and upgrade of Mast and Navigation lights
  • Upgrading the navigation system
  • Blasting hull and Antifoul
  • Commissioning and trials

Follow progress on the BEAUFORT refit on the Berthon website. Berthon Boat Company has delivered marine services for decades. Berthon works successfully with Government and commercial associates providing refits, boatbuilding, maintenance and in-service support for customers such as the RNLI, Ministry of Defence (MoD), UK Border Force, Port Authorities and commercial boat operators. For more information on Berthon Marine Service, previous projects, case studies and how we can help you with any upcoming project please visit our website here or contact Ben Bradley-Watson, New Business Manager (Commercial & Defence)





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