The two vessels will be built on plans by Camarc Small Craft Designs of Worthing, U.K. in Derecktor's Mamaroneck, N.Y., facility. Delivery is slated for fall 2000.
"The Sandy Hook Pilots wanted a safe,
reliable boat with superior ride comfort," says Gavin Higgins,
general manager of Derecktor Shipyards. "We focused on a
design that would give them great safety features in an
The new boats feature a new continuous fender that is cleaner looking than the traditional tires and is also safer in that it avoids dangerous "hanging up". Other safety features include: heated decks and handrails, forward raked windows on bridge for maximum visibility of deck area and of boarding pilots, port and starboard side doors for direct exit of pilot from the shelter of the deckhouse to the ship's boarding ladder.
The structural design is based on Lloyds Register of Shipping Special Service Craft Rules and American Boat and Yacht Council Rules (ABYC) will be used for all the onboard systems. The hull design is an advanced double chine hull, with full skeg on the propellers, developed in conjunction with U.K. towing tank facilities since 1983. This basic hull design has been used on a number of vessels including 52 ft and 60 ft aluminum and steel Pilot vessels.
Derecktor plans to use scantlings well in excess of the rule requirements in order to obtain maximum hull strength and to exceed its minimum designed service life of 15 years. The duty cycle is expected to be an average of 3,000 hours per year. Slow speed cruising will account for between 25-50% of the operating hours and the remainder will be at full service speed.
U.K. tonnage tax proposals "lack flexibility"
British shipowners have enthused over the new tonnage tax regime intended to make the U.K. flag more competitive with open registers. Now, though, London shipping accountant Moore Stephens says the draft proposals on the new U.K. tonnage tax regime lack the flexibility shipowners need for timing acquisitions and sales of ships. The firm also warns that the draft legislation contains a very broad anti-avoidance clause that could cause companies to unintentionally breach the detailed rules of the tonnage tax scheme.
Sue Bill, shipping tax manager at Moore Stephens, also sees problems with balancing charges that will be imposed to claw back capital allowances made under the current U.K. tax regimes. These charges may may arise when vessels are sold, although they will be phased out.
"The new rules on the deferment of
balancing charges appear to be harsher than the existing regime,"
says Bill. "Shipowners will have only one year before--and
two after--the sale of a ship as a period of grace for
The proposed anti-avoidance clause allows the U.K. taxation authorities to eject shipowners from the scheme --triggering exit charges -- for wide and loosely defined abuses of the rules, even if unintentional.
Bill warned that other aspects of the proposed new rules have not yet been released. "It is not yet clear to what extent capital allowances will be available on expenditure on new ships during a period in the scheme if owners leave the scheme," she says. "The rules have to be clear and allow flexibility if British shipping is to benefit."
However, Bill welcomed proposed arrangements for capital allowances for lease finance deals. "The limits have been set at a more realistic level than the originally proposed £20 million. There is now a phased allowance up to £80 million," says Bill.
contracts for Norshipco, Gibbs & Cox
Gibbs & Cox, Inc., New York, N.Y.,
is being awarded a $9,066,680 fixed-fee contract for design and
support services required to update and maintain the Taiwanese
PFG-2 class technical data package. The contract provides technical
data package documentation, design services, and ship system
feasibility assessments and installation support for the Taiwanese
Navy (100%) under the Foreign Military Sales Program. Work will
be performed in New York, N.Y. (60%); Washington, D.C. (20%);
and Kaohsuing, Taiwan (20%), and is expected to be completed
by December 2004. Contract funds will not expire at the end of
the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively
procured. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Arlington, Va.,