USA: Kvichak Marine Delivers Pilot Vessel Samuel A. Church to CRPPA

Kvichak Marine Delivers Pilot Vessel Samuel A. Church to CRPPA

Kvichak Marine Industries, of Seattle, WA, has recently delivered the M/V Samuel A. Church, a 50’ x 15.5’ pilot vessel to the Crescent River Port Pilots (CRPPA) of Louisiana. A christening ceremony was held last week at the Southern Yacht Club of New Orleans before the vessel was delivered to its homeport in Pilottown, LA.

The Crescent River Port Pilots operate on the Mississippi River between Pilottown and New Orleans. Kvichak is currently building a second 50’ pilot boat for the CRPPA with delivery scheduled for September 2012.

Designed by Kvichak Marine, the all-aluminum vessel is powered by twin Detroit Diesel 60 series engines rated for 600 BHP coupled to Twin Disc MG5114SC marine gears. Hamilton 364 waterjets are the chosen propulsors. This combination allows for excellent maneuverability and a top speed of ~ 32 knots.

The vessel has a Wing Hybrid fendering system and a roof boarding platform specifically designed for the CRPPA.

Additional vessel features include:

  • Overall length: 52.25’
  • Draft (RFS): 2.75’
  • Beam, overall: 15.5’
  • Top speed: ~32 knots
  • Northern Lights 9 kW generator
  • 2 crew and 10 passengers
  • Climate controlled pilot house
  • Fuel capacity: 500 gallons
  • Furuno navigation system
  • Fresh water capacity: 15 gallons
  • Wing Hybrid fendering system
  • 500 lb MOB Davit w/12 VDC winch


Shipbuilding Tribune Staff, June 8, 2012; Image: John Fleck