Berthon are pleased to announce the completion of a refit carried out on Pilot Boat ‘Providence’
Download the full case study – Pilot boat refit – ABP Providence
Built by VT Halmatic in 1998, the Providence has been in continuous use at ABP South Wales since then. With around 15000 hours under its belt, the boat was beginning to become unreliable and was looking very tired.
Rather than commission a brand new pilot boat, ABP South Wales decided to extend the life of Providence by giving her new machinery and improving the design of several aspects of the boat based on user experiences over the years.
As part of a comprehensive refit, Berthon have fitted or carried out the following:
On the initial post refit sea trial, staffed with the Berthons trials team, Providence proved to be light on her feet, achieving nearly 24 knots which was a gain of 2.5 knots over its previous top speed. Providence also ran significantly smoother and quieter with a drastic reduction in diesel consumption at all speeds.
“We decided to refit Providence rather than build a new vessel. Providence was favoured by her crew but let down by ageing machinery and reliability issues and the ships systems were prone to regular failures. Berthon won the tender and proved to be pro-active and keen at all times. They were able to draw from a skilled workforce and complete all the work in-house at their excellent facilities in Lymington. They were able to manage and complete all work in the contract to a high standard and Providence is now good for a further 10-15 years. The new engines make a fuel saving of 20 litres per hour of operation and the reliability of the craft continues to give us peace of mind. Berthon’s thorough approach to aftercare has been impressive too”
Dan Brown – Operational Maintenance Supervisor, APB South Wales.
“At Berthon, we understand the rigours of a pilot vessels life well. Associated British Ports pilot boats have a busy schedule, so reducing downtime was absolutely key to the success of the project. This was a life extension refit and, from the outset, we scheduled the work to ensure that downtime was kept to an absolute minimum. The major risks to any project timeline are generally centred around sub-contracted work elements. We were able to completely eliminate outsourcing risk by completing all the work in our commercial shed using Berthon’s skilled workforce. We place great emphasis on training and up-skilling here, we also have marine apprentices learning on the job all the time. It means that that if any issues arise with the interfacing of the new machinery, for example, they can quickly be engineered out in-house. All work was carried out to a high standard by people that really do understand workboats. We were delighted to have worked with ABP to breathe new life into Providence”
Ian Stables – Senior Project Manager, Berthon Boat Co.
Providence once again looks fresh and ready for many years more service with ABP South Wales.
Sending a commercial boat for refit can result in significant benefits to the end users: