Brisbane Boat Builder To Deliver Multi- Million Dollar Pilot Vessels

Updated: Jul 30, 2021

Poseidon Sea Pilots (PSP) has signed a multi-million-dollar contract with a Brisbane-based boat builder to deliver two specialist pilot vessels to be used in the Port of Brisbane.

Poseidon Sea Pilots, which will deliver pilotage services in Brisbane from 2022, has ordered two new state-of-the-art specialist pilot vessels worth $5 million to be built by respected boat builders, Norman R. Wright & Sons.

The new vessels are required by Poseidon Sea Pilots, a wholly owned subsidiary of AMS Group (AMSG), to help fulfil a new 10-year contract to provide pilotage services to ships navigating within Brisbane waters. PSP also intends to place an additional order for two more vessels bringing its total investment for vessels under the new pilotage contract to $10 million.

Poseidon Sea Pilots chairman John Sugarman said they were excited about being able to help boost the local Queensland boat-building industry, which like many industries has faced numerous challenges during the COVID-19 period.

“Norman R. Wright & Sons is one of the premier boat building companies in Australia and we wanted to ensure that we engaged a local company to deliver these vessels for us,” he said.

“We want to inject money into the local boat building industry and that’s why we have contracted Norman R. Wright & Sons.

“The vessels will be used to transfer pilots to and from ships arriving and departing the Port of Brisbane. We will initiate our service with 28 marine pilots as well as pilot boat crews, engineers and other support staff.

“This partnership is not only to build but also to maintain and service the vessels long term.”

Construction is set to start on the first two vessels immediately and delivery is expected by the end of this year, in time to commence delivering the pilotage service on New Year’s Day 2022.

Mr Sugarman said Poseidon Sea Pilots had no hesitation in selecting Norman R. Wright & Sons for the job as it was considered to be one of the best builders of pilot boats in the southern hemisphere.

“We were very keen to find local suppliers, who employ local people for our work,” Mr Sugarman said.

“Our head offices for the AMS Group are in Brisbane and although we operate throughout Australia, we are a Queensland company and we love employing local people.

“There are only really two companies in Australia that can produce a pilot boat to this level and Norman R. Wright & Sons is the only boat builder in Queensland that can build this type of vessel.

“Pilot boats are built to operate in the most testing environments, so seaworthiness is a key factor along with speed and efficiency. We needed to select a company that we had the utmost confidence in.”

Norman R. Wright & Sons Managing Director, Tony Riek said the initial deal would keep its team busy for the next 12 months and that they would hire two new apprentices and other tradesman as well as contractors on the back of the contract.

“It’s a shot in the arm for local boat building industry in the Brisbane region,” he said.

“Brisbane has been well known for boat building over the years and this will continue to help grow that reputation."

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