Cape Fear Federal Pilot Launches New Pilot Vessel and Welcomes New Customer for the Port of Wilmington NC in the Month of April 2013

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Cape Fear Federal Pilot launches its first pilot boat and welcomes its newest customer.

Cape Fear Federal Pilot / Port of Wilmington NC

After years of using a hired launch vessel for boarding ATB's, tugs and ships at the entrance to the Cape Fear River, the Cape Fear Federal Pilot launched its first pilot vessel in April of this year.

River pilot Tony McNeill, who operates the pilotage service for the Port of Wilmington NC for U.S. coastwise and military vessels says, "It's an exciting time for the company and due to the increase in business in the past couple of years, having my own pilot boat was a must have for the company."

The boat is Boston Whaler Challenger that Tony has had for a couple of years but has waited for the appropriate time to put it to work.

In addition to the new boat, U.S. Shipping Corp. was added to the growing number of customers the company already provides pilotage for in the port. These include Penn Maritime, Kirby Offshore, Vane Brothers, Reinauer Transportation and OSG.

"I believe in going the extra mile for my customers when they are making port calls in Wilmington. Not only for the crews of the vessels but also handling arrangements of different services in port for the vessels that their companies dispatch department would normally have to do. I guess I'm the pilot and the shipping agent in all in one," Tony states.

This has proven to be a great concept because word of mouth from one company to another is how he has acquired most of the customers the company has today.

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