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.
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.
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.
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