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AMS 1500 Pilot boat

Launch of the new AMS 1500 "VB Lama" pilot boat


The new pilot boat - AMS 1500 model - The new pilot boat - model AMS 1500 - was carried for transport a few days ago in Le Havre harbor to join its future home port based in West Africa.


This latest-generation boat is from the 12 to 18-meter pilot boat range developped in collaboration with the naval architect Geronimo Naval Design. She benefits from the experience gained by the shipyard on similar achievements and the in-depth expertise of the architect on pilot boats and crew boats operating on offshore oil.


Built in aluminium, she will be robust and economical to run and maintain.


She measures 14.93 meters long and 4.6 meters wide.


Design and equipments are suitable for use in tropical environments (high temperature and humidity).


The boat is equipped with a robust propulsion system, offering a very good engine rating. All parts from the propulsion system have been determined in order to offer maximum reliability to the operator and to limit maintenance.


This compact boat enables pilots to intervene without delay using a moderate quantity of fuel, in optimum conditions of comfort and safety.



The pilot boat is equipped with 2 robust and reliable 11-liter engines, whose rating allows 3000 hours of annual operation.


With 2x455 hp power, the boat reaches 23 knots at mid-load.


The proven hull shape ensure excellent navigation qualities : very good passage to the sea, very good stability in all sailing conditions and excellent maneuverability along the edge.

The right hull stem allows a maximum dynamic waterline length, factor of efficiency and good crossing by sea coming from the front.

With its compact size, it is a versatile, economical and very manoeuvrable pilot boat.




Particular attention has been given to safety and comfort on board.


The boat accommodation, equipment and deck plan have been specifically designed to facilitate the transfer of pilots: handrails, adapted ratlines with ladder and footboard, robust fenders in coated foam on the whole length of the deck line which allows a very good shock absorption during ship contact.


The built-in wheelhouse (lower center of mass) brings both stability and better comfort at sea.

The boat is particularly quiet, thanks to the engine position behind the wheelhouse.

The wheelhouse on blocks, which has proved its worth on the previous model, also considerably reduce noise and vibrations and ensure a good acoustic environment despite the speed and the 2x455 hp on board.


The wheelhouse, glazed to the maximum, offer a 360¬į visibility to the crew, both seated and standing. The glazing extended to the roof allows a complete visual to come alongside moving ships.


The spacious wheelhouse accommodates 9 people in a sitting position, including 3 crew members and 6 passengers.




Aluminium is the material best suited to the construction and the operation of a pilot boat.

Among its many qualities, aluminium is a light metal and is not subject to corrosion in tropical environments.

It is also fully recyclable and offers an unmatched versatility to suit the ship owner's specifications.



  • Specification


Design/naval architecture

Geronimo Naval Design

Alumarine Shipyard
Construction material

14.93 m
Hull length

14.35 m
Hull width

4.60 m
Max beam
5.18 m
Maximum draft

1.35 m
Motorisation type

diesel inboard
Propulsion type

2 x propellers-shaft lines, V-drive
Installed engines
2 x Cummins QSM 11
Installed power

2 x 455 hp
Max speed at mid-load
23 knots
Service speed at mid-load
20 knots
9 (crew 3 + passengers 6)
Fuel capacity

2 x 1100 liters
Classification society

Bureau Veritas
Regulation standards

Meets the French divisions 222-236 standards
Category of navigation



  • The first pictures of the pilot boat before departure


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