The TIGER Pilot Boat to be propelled by UltraJet

The TIGER Pilot Boat to be propelled by UltraJet Twin UltraJet 305 waterjets have been chosen to propel TIGER, a new aluminium 12m pilot boat built for North Western Shipping & Towage of Hobart, Tasmania. The vessel will perform pilot and ambulance duties in and around the Port of Portland, VIC. Vessel control at high speed and when manoeuvring is with a two-station Ultra Joystick system. North West Shipping and Towage Pty Ltd have upgraded from their Halmatic pilot vessel to an impressive, innovative, faster vessel with the recent delivery of Tiger, an exceptional new generation 11.9 metre Pilot Vessel. TIGER is designed by Michael Hunn Marine Design and built by Sabre Engineering, both from Hobart, Tasmania. Power is delivered by twin 350 bhp Cummins QSB5.9 electronic diesel engines without gearboxes, coupled to Ultrajet UJ305 waterjets giving her a very respectable 26 knot service speed (full load) and a maximum speed of 33 knots at 2,800 rpm. North Western Shipping directed the evolution of Sabre Marine and Engineering over the past 17 years from a small enterprise set up to service the Company's tugs and associated vessels into one of today's most respected Tasmanian ship builders. Situated in Prince of Wales Bay, they set about the acquisition of the necessary engineering requirements and facilities to service the North Western Shipping and Towage fleet which now includes 43 vessels including tugs, barges, pilot boats, work boats and the Bruny Island Ferry. It was a small and logical step then to begin building and fabricating vessels and components there. The construction of this innovative multi purpose Pilot vessel marks yet another stage in the yards existence as they look forward to marketing these sturdy yet light and manoeuvrable vessels to satisfy a growing market. The vessel has an overall length of 11.9 metres, enabling it to be operated by a Coxswain which is ideal for Regional ports; it has a 4.1 metre beam, and a deadrise of 18 degrees.
Ultra Dynamics Ltd

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