|Freeport Harbour Company christens new pilot boat|
|Thursday, 20 May 2010 08:49|
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- A new vessel has been added to the flotilla of Freeport Harbour Company with the commissioning of the Nina Anne, a new 52ft Pilot Boat.
The Nina Anne, built at the Gladding-Hearn ship building facilities in Boston Massachusetts, was christened by Nina Forbes, wife of Orlando Forbes, Director Freeport Harbour Company, and Anne Gilbert, wife of Gary Gilbert, Hutchison Port Holdings CEO who both carried out the christening with the traditional breaking of a bottle of champagne on the hull. The boat is named after the two ladies.
Work commenced on this state of the art vessel in December 2008 with sea trials being completed in April 2010. This vessel is equipment with twin C-18 Turbo Diesel Caterpillar 676 HP engines affording a cruising speed of 21knots with a maximum output of 27.5 knots. Additional features include the latest in electronic engine and performance monitoring instruments, automatic identification systems, global position systems, and VHF Radios and multiple air-conditioning and ventilation systems.
The Nina Anne seats six and has a fuel capacity of 670 gallons and a fresh water capacity of 25 gallons. The vessel has a beam of 16’ 11”, drafts of 4ft, and weights 54,000 lbs.
Freeport Harbour Company (FHC) operates one of the fastest emerging cruise and maritime centres in North America. FHC is privately owned and operated by a joint venture between the Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) Group and the Grand Bahama Development Company. HPH, a subsidiary of the multinational conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL), is the world's leading port investor, developer and operator with interests in a total of 308 berths in 51 ports, spanning 25 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Australasia. HPH also owns a number of transportation-related service companies.
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