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A state-of-the-art pilot boat built for the Geraldton Port Authority is powered by Cat. EPSA worked with Melbourne-based Hart Marine to supply Cat diesel engines for the vessel, designed for fast and reliable transfer of marine pilots in all conditions, 365 days a year.

Hart Marine’s Graeme Taylor says the vessel, named Glengarry, is a 16-metre ORC 156.HR5 fast pilot boat, the result of collaboration with French naval architects Pantocarene.

Glengarry is one of the most advanced vessels of its kind. She took 10 months to construct, and her innovative design includes a wave-piercing beak bow hull that greatly enhances comfort for the crew. She has a remote-mounted wheelhouse to reduce vibration noise. She was also designed with exceptional levels of useability and safety in mind and to withstand the toughest conditions. She is also fully self-righting in the event of a capsize.”

Sales Representative David Heard says EPSA supplied Hart Marine two Cat C18 engines, producing 651 kW each, close coupled to MGX5135A Twin Disc transmissions, and a Cat C2.2 marine generator set.

Graeme adds that Hart Marine chose Cat engines for the Glengarry’s propulsion package because of the speeds required by Geraldton Port Authority and the impressive horsepower of the C18s.

“EPSA were great to work with, very professional and they were instrumental in supporting us with the installation.”

“We are also building a 16-metre pilot vessel for Port Kembla Ports Corporation that will have C-rated Cat C18s for its propulsion package,and we look forward to working with EPSA on this project and many more in the future.”

David Heard says: “It is great to continue working with a new Australian customer who is doing such innovative work in the marine industry.”

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