February 8th, 2016 — Puget Sound, Seattle, Washington, USA
Kvichak Marine Industries, Inc., recently merged with Vigor Industrial, recently completed construction of two 19m all-weather Pilot Boats for the Port of Duqm Company SAOC, Sultanate of Oman. Designed by Camarc Design, Ltd., UK, their primary function will be as pilot boats and they will also function as Search and Rescue and oil spill recovery vessels.
These all-aluminum vessels will be powered by twin Cummins QSK-19 marine diesel engines rated for 800 hp @ 2100 rpm each and twin ZF 2000A transmissions driving NiBrAl 5-bladed fixed propellers providing an operating speed of ~20 knots. The pilot boats will perform safely in all types of weather including the high winds and stormy seas experienced in southern Oman during "Hareef" (typhoon) season.
The Port of Duqm is undergoing a major multiphase expansion project creating the new Port and Drydock Complex located on the southeastern seaboard of the Sultanate of Oman. Kvichak Marine is excited to be part of the new port growth and expansion.