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Sep 9, 2016

Port of Belize launches state-of-the-art pilot vessel

The “Oliver,” the Port of Belize Limited’s first-ever pilot launch boat, was christened this afternoon at its compound in Belize City. C.E.O. of the Port, Arturo Vasquez, shares details of how the nation’s leading port will make use of the boat.


Arturo Vasquez, C.E.O., Port of Belize Limited

Arturo Vasquez

“If I recall there is two boats that use to be what you refer to as a pilot launch and there is one behind you that we still use. But really what you are on now is really an official and a properly designed and made pilot launch. Some of the difficulties we had in the past is when we had rough seas and rough weather; not even that boat behind you can make it to these cargo ships. With this boat form the experts this will take you anywhere, anytime, in any kind of weather. Thirty knots is something that is pretty fast for something this size and we have a spin for you to feel what it is like. To shoe the importance of what the port considers the duty of the pilot and the work we do in bringing in these ships; there is an investment here of about three million dollars. It is a significant investment but when you thing about the duty and what also the cruise industry as a whole which is growing and the cargo vessels exports imports, the importance of all of that is so that we are able to responsibly do our jobs. This will allow them to be our in bad and good weather; they are able to board the ship as they should safely. This is our most recent investment and we have invested close to thirteen million dollars since receivership. We were lucky we came across this boat, it was designed by the US marines, there were eleven, the US took ten and we bought one. It is designed and fully equipped; there is two huge diesel engines below. For us it is an important part of the operation of the port and that is why I think it is important.”


The Port also recognized four additional pilots who formally received their license and identification pins this afternoon. The boat carries the first name of a deceased and revered Chief Master Pilot whose wife and children were invited to mark the occasion.

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