Click on the press release below to see details of an innovative new venture involving Kimberley Coastal Pilots and visiting cruise ships.
Once again Maritime Day proved to be very popular with the general public with large numbers flocking to the Port of Fremantle on a beautiful spring day.
Captain Jeremy Parkin took the con and organised a brilliant Fremantle Pilots display which received tremendous and well deserved feedback.
The pictures below show a portion of the display which included a clever simultaneous video of the Pilot’s view, together with an electronic chart display/AIS tracking from the Pilots PPU (Portable Pilotage Unit). The other photo is of Jeremy’s children, perhaps taking their first steps towards becoming the next generation of Fremantle Pilots?
Pilots for Fremantle Pilots met with the Tugmasters and Manager from Svitzer Towage, together with representatives from Fremantle Ports to discuss a wide range of Pilotage and Tug related topics; all part of the annual Pilot/Tugmaster conference.
These meetings are invaluable in reinforcing the positive relationship between the two operations groups, and discussing firsthand any operational issues or developments that have occurred over the last 12 months, or are likely to arise in the near future. This ensures the very high standard of pilotage and tug operations within the Port of Fremantle are maintained.
This story from the ABC reports that Carnival Cruises is satisfied with progress made in regional Western Australian ports regarding port support infrastructure, and as such will again use Fremantle as the home port for it’s cruise operations in Western Australia, reversing an earlier decision to pull out.
Captain Stuart Proctor, the Managing Director of Fremantle Pilots, was recently asked to fire the ceremonial signal cannon located at Round House in Fremantle. This was in recognition of the service provided by past and present Pilots within the Port of Fremantle since 1844, and the support provided by Fremantle Pilots to the Fremantle Volunteer Heritage Guides.
The cannon is fired each day at 1300 and is a popular tourist attraction performed by the guides, all of whom are volunteers. For more information on the Guides click on the following link. Fremantle Round House Guides
The photo below shows Captain Proctor preparing the cannon with Les Green of the Fremantle Volunteer Heritage Guides.
The report below briefly covers the grounding. The container vessel is the 15th largest in the world and it took 17 tugs to break her free. Fortunately availability of tugs was not an issue in one of the busiest shipping ports in the world. Should such an accident occur in Fremantle (5 tugs in total), accessing required tug resources could take up to a week, all the while incurring massive delay costs while the Inner Harbour remained blocked.
A report from ABC news about Western Australia’s next possible mining boom and an increase of exports through Kwinana Bulk Terminal in the Port of Fremantle.
Captain Greg Tonnison has completed his maximum tenure as MD of Fremantle Pilots and handed over to Captain Stuart Proctor. Please click on the Press Release below.
Some will make you smile and laugh………….others will make you wince.
All the best for 2017 from all of us here at Fremantle Pilots.
Captain Trevor Bozoky expertly brought in the 348m long “Ovation of the Seas”, the largest vessel ever to call at Fremantle. At just under 166 000 tonnes with a 42m beam, the vessel has 18 decks, can carry 4900 passengers and boasts 68 000kW of propulsion. She is the world’s 4th largest passenger ship just shading the Queen Mary 2 by 3 metres.
Click on the link below to see time lapse videos of her swinging inside Fremantle’s Inner Harbour.
The “Berkeley” has a raked stem, straight transom, superstructure aft. The vessel is powered by twin MTU engines through twin shaft and propellers.
LENGTH O.A. : 18.50 M
BEAM : 5.4 M
DEPTH : 2.5 M
HULL TYPE : MONO-HULL
CONSTRUCTION : ALUMINIUM
ENGINES : 2 x MTU (900kw each)
MAX SPEED : 33.0 KNOTS (MAX)
The following is an extract from Fremantle Ports magazine covering a visit by the “Lewek Constellation”, a specialist offshore construction vessel that is the largest beam width vessel to have transited Stirling and Calista Channels while en route to the AMC complex. Captain Raymond Alfreds, Captain Julian Thomas and Captain David Jones all carried out the demanding Pilotage operations for the vessel on seperate occasions during it’s stay in Fremantle, including safe and efficient management of the complex mooring arrangement. Please note there is slight technical error in the detail of the story which refers to the vessel “depth”, and subsequently then refers to a lesser draft. The”depth” referred to is actually the moulded depth of the vessel which measures from the main deck to the bottom of the hull.
The following report refers to the largest ever shipment of canola exported from Australia. However, what this report does not mention is that a vessel of this size and weight visiting the Port of Fremantle does so under the provisions of the Dynamic Under Keel Clearance (DUKC) program. DUKC allows for very large and heavily laden vessels of this nature to transit the shipping channels with minimal safe clearance between the bottom of the hull and the sea bed, thus allowing for the maximum allowable cargo quantity to be carried. Strict conditions of speed are applied to ensure the appropriate underkeel clearance is maintained, however this makes the vessel more difficult to control and manoeuvre and requires of the Pilot a very high degree of skill. Fremantle Pilots Captain Stuart Proctor and Captain Hamish Macadie piloted the vessel to and from the berth respectively.
On Saturday morning the Dongbang Giant 5 arrived at Fremantle Port. Although FPA had approved the use of AMC1 and confirmed the use of vessel winches, we had not been involved in the pre planning for this vessel. As a result the pilot boarded on Saturday morning unaware that it was for MEDI MOOR at AMC1 and the wrong towage had been booked for the movement.
The first response was to get the vessel alongside then conduct an assessment before doing the MEDI MOOR. This would have delayed the operation and resulted in considerable costs to the client. After discussions with the vessel and shore side planning of the client, we were able to get a second tug arranged at short notice and the pilot continued with the planned medi moor. Due to shift changeover and general tardiness in tug arrival, the pilot managed to get the vessel into position off AMC1, layout the two anchors and put the stern alongside AMC1 without the tugs assistance. When the tugs did arrive they assisted in the final positioning of the stern (approx 5m to the east).
Due to the excellent job done by the pilot Jon Brown and the last minute arrangements done by the VTS staff, we were able to complete the medi moor with minimal delays which resulted in a possible 30min delay to the client. The client was then able to get the modules off the deck on time and this morning the vessel has already sailed.
Thank you everyone for an excellent job and a professional attitude.
Brgds Stuart Davey Manager Marine Operations Deputy Harbour Master