The new pilot boat whose name was chosen by the public has arrived at the Bunbury Port. The vessel, which was named Wardan through a public contest, has arrived for a raft of testing and trials ahead of an official naming ceremony in February next year. Southern Ports CEO Keith Wilks said the arrival of the pilot boat was a great achievement. “The arrival of Wardan into our port waters is a significant milestone for our marine team, who will take the pilot boat through testing, trials and training in the port setting before it commences operations,” he said. “The transfer of our marine pilots from a pilot boat to the visiting ships doesn’t always happen in smooth seas, it’s why a boat like Wardan —which is designed with a beak bow to provide a more stable platform for pilots to transfer — is a worthwhile investment.” The state-of-the-art vessel was built by Hart Marine, which oversaw a test run of 1900 nautical miles by sea from Mornington in Melbourne to Bunbury last week. Hart Marine managing director Mal Hart said the Wardan was an innovation in marine technology. “Wardan is the perfect example of how we can bring together the technology at hand with the needs of our customers to deliver a great vessel,” he said. “We know Wardan is in fantastic hands, and she’ll add incredible strength and performance to Southern Port’s Bunbury operations.” The pilot boat got the name Wardan, meaning sea water off Wardandi country, after more than 800 entries were received in a community naming competition earlier this year. The official naming ceremony for the Wardan will take place in February where the eight winners of the naming competition will get the opportunity to take a ride on the pilot vessel.