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Goonanga reaches first year of operations

Gladstone Ports Corporations (GPC) newest pilot vessel “Goonanga” has celebrated her first year of operations, having already travelled the equivalent of three around the world trips.


Honoured with a centuries old blessing only last year, the vessel has clocked up an impressive 2,615 hours and 65,000 nautical miles of use in the past 365 days.


Goonanga, meaning Black Duck in the traditional language of the Byellee peoples, joined Gladstone Marine Pilot Services (GMPS) existing fleet of five pilot vessels on 7 February 2019.


GPC Acting CEO Craig Walker said the vessel services the Port of Gladstone, Port of Bundaberg and Port of Rockhampton.

“Pilot vessels are used to transport Marine Pilots to ships that arrive off the Ports prior to port entry and berthing,” Mr Walker said.

“The Goonanga is a Pantocarene designed self-righting Australian built pilot vessel that delivers a higher level of safety for our pilots and ease of operation whilst improving efficiencies.

“This state of the art pilot vessel is leading the fleet for pilot launches in Queensland. We are grateful to have Goonanga and Takoko her sister ship servicing port operations.”

GMPS is a wholly owned subsidiary of GPC that service all three port regions.