Three boats designed and built by Goodchild’s Marine – boat builder have been officially unveiled at the world-famous Albert Dock in Liverpool.   Goodchild Marine Services won the £3m long-term contract from UK marine contractor Briggs Marine to construct the ORC pilot vessels.

Kittiwake, Razorbill and Petrel operate from Liverpool to transport maritime pilots to and from ships sailing in and out of the port and were introduced at a naming ceremony.

Each boat was built using an original design by French architects Pantocarene, adapted by Goodchild Marine for the UK market, taking into consideration the different operation and recovery rules.

All three pilot vessels specification included iRAMS advanced telematics which helped all three vessels to successfully complete river and sea trials more efficiently.   iRAMs was able provide detailed information, alerts and reports on the vessels performance including its main engines all in real time during sea trials into a shore based iRAMS portal for analysis.

Kittiwake, the first of the three 17-metre boats, completed her sea trials last May, while Razorbill left Goodchild Marine’s yard in August.  The final boat Petrel was handed over in January.