A new pilot boat for Le Havre pilots, under construction in Concarneau by JFA Yachts

21 May 2024 | IPC's news

JFA Yachts has started the construction of a pilot boat for Le Havre pilots. This pilot boat will be a sistership of the last Sainte Honorine boat delivered in 2021. Le Havre station has 6 similar boats of type ORC 155 from Pantocarène design. This new vessel is meant to replace the oldest one in the fleet.

The contract, which was signed by Senegal’s Ministry of the Armed Forces and the Piriou Group in November 2019 and came into force on 30 September 2020, covered the acquisition of three 62-metre offshore patrol vessels dedicated to Senegal’s Maritime Defence and State action missions at sea. After the WALO, delivered in June 2023 and arriving in Dakar in August 2023, and the NIANI, delivered in November 2023 and arriving in Dakar last January, the CAYOR now flies the Senegalese flag and marks the end of a construction programme that mobilised hundreds of employees over four years and represented more than 600,000 working hours.

Built in polyester infused fiberglass, this boat will meet a precise weight calculation in order to be able to achieve the speed of 25 knots and to be admitted at the pilot station. The boat will be equipped with two 500hp Man engines and two V-drive shaft lines. Its crew of 2 sailormen (a skipper and a sailor) can bring up to 8 pilots on board for boarding and disembarking procedures.

Le Havre-Antifer-Fécamp Pilot Station and its employees guide ships 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in almost any weather conditions.

This new contract in the composite work vessels market gives credit to the diversification initiative started by JFA in 2022.

The boat is to be delivered in Spring 2025.

  • Hull material: polyester infused fiberglass
  • Length: 16,18m
  • Waterline length: 15,10m
  • Beam: 4,91m
  • Draught: 1,50m
  • Light displacement: 21T
  • Engine: 2x Man D2676 LE477 – 500 CV Top speed full load:    25 knots