Pilot Station Elbe Noordzee, August 20, 2011 12.59 am
During my visit to the pilots of Hamburg I also visited the pilot station Elbe in the North Sea. The pilot station is a SWATH (Small Water Plane Area Twin Hull), consisting of a mothervessel “Hanse“ (60 meters long and 25 meters wide) and two tenders the “Bremerhaven“ and the “Borkum“. From the mothervessel a launch is suspended. These small boats transport the pilots to or from the vessel requiring pilotage.