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New assets for Gladstone Port Corporation
In June 2017, Takoko, meaning Sea Hawk in the traditional language of the Gooreng Gooreng people, joined the existing fleet of four pilot vessels that service the ports.
GPC CEO Peter O’Sullivan said the vessel was a much anticipated asset for Gladstone Marine Pilot Services (GMPS).
“The Takoko is a Pantocarene designed self-righting pilot vessel delivering a higher level of safety and ease of operation whilst reducing operating costs,” he said.
“This state of the art pilot vessel is the envy of many ports. We are grateful to have such a modern vessel assisting us in servicing port operations.
“Honoring shipping tradition we have blessed the vessel to ensure the safety and prosperity of the vessel and its crew onboard.”
The Airbus 135H helicopter was the result of a joint tender process between GPC and North Queensland Bulk Port. Mackay Helicopters Pty Ltd were awarded the contract for the supply of helicopters to conduct marine pilot transfer services for the ports.
“For the past 30 years helicopters have been used in addition to pilot boats, to transport marine pilots to and from ships that visit the port,” Mr O’Sullivan said.
“Helicopter transfer operations significantly reduces the pilot transfer time and the new Airbus 135H is one of the safest helicopters in the business.”
The new helicopter commenced servicing the ports in July.