19 November 2021
New Pilot Boat ‘Port Láirge’ received by Port of Waterford
In 2019 the Port of Waterford Company commissioned a new Pilot Boat and today November 19th 2021 it has been received by the Port of Waterford crew at the Dunmore East pontoon.
The new state of the art vessel is a 15-metre interceptor which has been christened ‘Port Láirge’ a name of well known maritime heritage in Waterford. The previous namesake was a much-loved steam-powered dredger that served on the Suir for over 70 years until the 1980s.
Port of Waterford currently operates two pilot boats, one based in Dunmore East at the primary boarding position and one in Passage East. The new vessel replaces the ‘Dun Mór’ a purpose-built pilot boat, designed and built by Halmatic in 1996. The new all-weather boat will provide safer working conditions for pilotage personnel. The vessel is self-righting and capable of recovering if capzsized by a large breaking wave.