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“Takoko” Blessed in centuries old tradition

22 June 2017

A tradition which dates back centuries was honoured today with the blessing of Gladstone Ports Corporations (GPC) new pilot vessel “Takoko”.

Takoko, meaning Sea Hawk in the traditional language of the Gooreng Gooreng peoples, will join the existing fleet of 4 pilot vessels that service the Port of Gladstone, Port of Bundaberg and Port Alma.

Pilot vessels are used to transport Marine Pilots to ships that arrive off the Ports prior to port entry and berthing.

GPC CEO Peter O’Sullivan said the vessel was a much anticipated asset for the Gladstone Marine Pilot Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of GPC.

“The Takoko is a Pantocarene designed self-righting pilot vessel delivering a higher level of safety and ease of operation whilst reducing operating costs,” he said.

“This state of the art pilot vessel is the envy of many ports. We are grateful to have such a 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 onboard.”​

Caption: Pilot vessel Takoko has been officially blessed prior to commencing operations.