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Pilot Boat - Norfolk

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Built by renowned Australian Boat builder, Hart Marine, the Norfolk is one of four Hart Marine built Pilot Boats delivered to Flinders Ports since 2015 as part of their pilot boat fleet replacement strategy.

MSA Surveyor James Nolan completed an Initial Commercial Survey on the Norfolk, which was constructed using the best technology available and built to NSCV criteria with a 2C classification.

Powered by two 650 HP Yanmar engines and capable of reaching a speed of up to 27 knots, the 15.6M ORC 156 Pilot Boat Norfolk is a highly maneuverable vessel, with a draft of 1.5 metres offering further agility and responsiveness when at work.

Further advanced safety features include a self-righting mechanism which safeguards the crew in the event of a capsize.

In addition, the vessel’s innovative beak-bow design provides enhanced sea handling characteristics, reducing stress and fatigue for the crew from the pitching and rolling of the vessel in rough waters.

Other features include the latest generation of marine I.T. software including Forward Looking Infra-Red (FLIR), which assists the crew when working in the dark, in poor visibility, or during search and rescue operations.

Building or buying a new vessel or changing class? Contact Maritime Survey Australia today to discuss your project requirements.

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An Initial Survey is the inspection of a vessel, generally for the first time, to assess and approve its design and construction against the requirements of the NSCV or other standards that apply under Marine Order 503 (Certificates of Survey National Law) 2013.

Our initial marine surveyors will liaise with the vessel builder and designer to check compliance against the relevant survey standards to minimise delays, or prevent any last-minute headaches, to ensure a vessel is able to comply as a Domestic Commercial Vessel.

Initial survey comprises three phases:

Design Approval Phase - This includes the approval of design drawings for a new vessel, or assessment of an existing vessel structure, against design standards.

Construction Phase - This is the program of inspection during a vessel’s construction against the approved design. The inspections vary for each vessel and includes the inspection of welds, fibreglass laminate lay up, buoyancy foam, materials and equipment, and surveys during the construction of the vessel.

Commissioning Phase - The process by which a vessel and its systems are trialled and tested to ensure the vessel functions as designed and meets applicable standards. This includes trials and tests of the vessel and systems essential to safety, type of safety equipment, assessment of intact and damage stability, and reliability of on-board machinery.