“Goonanga” State of the art vessel joins fleet
Gladstone Ports Corporations (GPC) new pilot vessel “Goonanga” was honoured today with a centuries old blessing.
Goonanga, meaning Black Duck in the traditional language of the Byellee peoples, will join the existing fleet of five pilot vessels that service 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.
GPC Acting CEO Craig Walker said the vessel was a much anticipated addition to the fleet for the Gladstone Marine Pilot Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of GPC.
“The Goonanga is a Pantocarene designed self-righting Australian built pilot vessel that will deliver a higher level of safety for our pilots and ease of operation whilst improving efficiencies,” Mr Walker said.
“This state of the art pilot vessel is leading the fleet for pilot launches in Queensland. We are grateful to have Goonanga join Takoko, as an additional modern vessel assisting us in servicing port operations.
“Honouring shipping tradition we have blessed the vessel to ensure the safety and prosperity of the vessel and its crew on board."
Caption: Father Kevin placing the blessing on the Goonanga.