The fleet of the Dutch pilots is owned by Nederlands Loodswezen B.V. ( NLBV ). There is a national pool of ships and a helicopter which can be rotated through the various districts. Maintenance and crewing of these ships lies with NLBV.
Pilot Station Vessels (PSV)
P-Class. These ships are in service since 2012, 2013 and 2014. Names: Polaris, Procyon and Pollux. These vessels act as a fixed point at sea where pilots from outbound ships wait for their incoming voyage. The ships are designed to work in sea states of 3,5 meters significant wave height, with a service speed of 16 knots. The pilots are transferred by fast launch craft ( jol) from the PSV. Special arrangements haven been made to transfer pilots from tenders and swath-type vessels to and from the PSV. The ship is fully redundant and can stay at sea for up to 5 weeks at a time.
Waterjet driven Tenders
There are two classes of in total 15 twin waterjet driven tenders available. These ships are the backbone of the fleet and the operations. The latest class of tenders (pictured) are 22 meters long, with a service speed of up to 28 knots. These ships are manned by a crew of 3 and can carry 12 pilots to and from their jobs. Special attention is paid to redundancy of these ships, with two separate engines and power supplies. A man-overboard scoop is fitted in each tender to rescue pilots from the water in case they fall overboard.
In the Scheldemonden region, two Swaths ( Small Water Area Twin Hull ) type of vessels are employed to facilitate operations and to ferry pilots to and from the shore. The swaths provide a stable platform for operations at a greater distance from the PSV than would be possible with the fast launch craft. These ships were built in 2007 and have recently been upgraded by means of a midlife- conversion.
Helicopter Airbus AS365N3/N2 “Dauphin”
These helicopters are based in Rotterdam Pilot Station on a lease from Noodzee Helicopters Vlaanderen (NHV). They service deep draft channel ships in Rotterdam, IJmuiden and Flushing. Furthermore they can be used for pilot transfers during periods of high winds. NHV is also operating these helicopters for Search and Rescue missions as by order of the Dutch coastguard.
For more information about the Loodswezen fleet, see the Loodswezen website www.loodswezen.nl