Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Captain A.G. Soppitt

Atlantic Pilotage Authority's newest pilot boat Captain A.G. Soppitt is in Halifax fresh from the shipyard. This is the second boat built by ABCO Industries in Lunenburg, to the same design by Lengkeek Vessel Engineering. The first one, Chebucto Pilot, was delivered in June 2012.
 This new welded aluminum boat will be based in Saint John, NB, and was registered there on January 7. A ceremony  on December 6, 2012 in Lunenburg named the boat for Alwyn Soppitt the former CEO of the Saint John Port Authority, who retired in 2011. Capt. Soppitt's wife Eugenie was the sponsor. After a career at sea, and ashore as a marine superintendent, Capt. Soppitt joined the Port of Saint John in 1981 becoming Harbour Master in 1989 and President and CEO in 1996.

The $2.2mn craft can reach a speed of 18 knots, but is geared down to cruise at 15 knots, powered by a pair of Cat engines and can accommodate eight persons.
Following trials in the Halifax area, it is expected to enter service in Saint John in February.

I regret to report that Captain Soppitt passed away on January 1, 2013 in Saint John. Capt. Soppitt did attend the christening ceremony for his namesake boat in December. It is reported in an APA press release that he took the helm for a brief crossing of Lunenburg harbour.
For more on the career of Capt. A.G. Sopppitt:

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