Peel Ports Group has invited primary school children to put forward a name for the first new pilot boat to be ordered at the port of Great Yarmouth in almost 40 years.

Pupils from across the region are being asked to choose a name for the new boat, which represents Peel Ports’ ongoing commitment and investment in the Norfolk-based port.

Traditionally new vessels are named after the local rivers that join and flow through the port, but with all these names already in use, Peel Ports is keen to involve the local community in naming its new arrival.

Entries will be judged by Peel Ports Great Yarmouth employees and stakeholders and the winning name will be inscribed on the vessel’s stern during an official launch ceremony this autumn.

The pupil who selects the winning name will receive a VIP day for them and a family member at the port, including an exclusive trip on the new vessel.

At 13 metres long, the contemporary RHIB designed craft will play a key role in the commercial activity at the port. The boat will ferry the pilots to any vessels waiting to enter Great Yarmouth, helping guide visiting craft safely into and out of the harbour.

The new pilot boat is expected to be delivered towards the end of October this year.

Richard Goffin, Port Director at Peel Ports Great Yarmouth, said: “The boat is a significant milestone in our continued investment and commercial activity at Great Yarmouth.

“The new craft will allow us to pilot any visiting vessels, navigating them safely in to or out of the port.

“The names of our vessels have always carried local, geographical significance. Inviting pupils from the local area to name the pilot boat is the perfect way of retaining this tradition and ensuring the new name relates to the port and wider local area.”

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