September 26th 2017

The Council, as Statutory Harbour Authority and Competent Harbour Authority has a requirement for the design and build of one new pilot boat, which is required to provide a safe and reliable pilotage service in the Scapa Flow and Kirkwall harbour areas. The Vessel is to be designed primarily to carry out pilotage duties but also to be capable of hydrographic survey work and corporate trips.

The Owner of the vessel will be Orkney Islands Council, operated through Marine Services based in the Harbour Authority Building, Scapa, Orkney KW15 1SD, Scotland.The Specification is given as a guide as to the specific requirements of the Owner.


  • Length Overall – Hull 21.40 metres
  • LBP 20.00 metres
  • Breadth Moulded 5.75 metres
  • Draught Maximum 1.70 metres
  • Fuel Capacity As required to achieve endurance
  • Fresh Water Capacity 500 litres

These dimensions can vary to suit the Ship Builder’s final design as long as the requirements of the specification are met.

Alternative standard designs can be proposed as long as they meet these specific requirements as far as performance, space on deck, space within the wheelhouse and sufficient crew space and amenities.

Link to the full contract:

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