Collingwood the Tyne Pilot Cutter seen here passing North Shields Fishquay on 20th July 2008.
Courtesy of the Port of Tyne Authority web site @
The new 16m aluminium pilot cutter which is the first example in the UK of a mainstream aluminium pilot boat was designed and built by Pembroke Dock based Mustang Marine, although around the world there are a large number of Port Authorities that have been operating Camarc designed aluminium pilot boats for a great number of years including the Dutch Pilots and New York Pilots.
Camarc designed pilot boats share the same general type of hull, whether constructed of steel, aluminium or GRP (glass reinforced plastic), the sharply angled hull gives a finer entry than conventional designs whilst retaining the roll stability, the combined result is a fast vessel with an excellent ability to manoeuvre at sea, which is vital for the role that pilot boats play in boarding and landing pilots in all weather conditions.
The Port of Tyne’s investment of over £750k means that the vessel has been designed with durability in mind, the hull, deck and superstructure are fabricated throughout using marine grade aluminium alloy, the central helm position is arranged with all controls, instrumentation and navcomms ergonomically close to hand. The coxswain and boatman both enjoy suspension seats, three of which are also fitted for pilots. Aft are settees fitted with three seats to starboard and four to port, all fitted with lap belts. Collingwood is also fitted with radar, satellite compass, GPS sensor, AIS (automated identification system) a digital network echosounder and two sailor 5022 VHF DSC radios. Powered by Scania engines, the boat has a top speed at sea of 22 knots.