Plymouth Pilots had the pleasure of Piloting the Pacific Constructor into Millbay, today, Friday 26th February. For Captain Oliver Chasteauneuf this will be a career highlight as Plymouth is his adopted hometown.
Captain Chasteauneuf moved to Plymouth in 2004 to start a cadetship at the University of Plymouth, his career at sea started with cruise ships before moving into the offshore industry.
Captain Chasteauneuf stated:
“I have worked all over the world but I never imagined I would have the opportunity to bring a vessel into Plymouth. Being based in Asia and West Africa primarily, the opportunity to visit Plymouth could not be missed. It is a proud day for me, and brilliant that my wife and young family will be watching our arrival on Pacific Constructor.”
Captain Chasteauneuf’s love of the sea started at the age of 10 with an interest in sailing and through his school, college and university years he was able to combine his love of sailing and being on the water with teaching others. His career has seen him gain experience on general cargo ships with Scot Line and cruise ship line Holland America. He has been with Swire Pacific Offshore since 2013.
Pacific Constructor has been involved in many search and survey operations in recent years whilst on charter with Ocean Infinity; from searching for Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 to locating the missing Argentinean Submarine San Juan in 2018. She recently located the veteran battleship USS Nevada in the Pacific Ocean using her state-of-the-art Underwater Autonomous Vehicles (UAVs).
Pacific Constructor is a subsea multi-purpose vessel and has a LOA of 115m, a breadth of 22m and a service speed of 12.5 knots. She flies under the Singapore flag.
You can find out more about her at oceaninfinity.com/2020/12/pacific-constructor-highlights/