A ground-breaking vessel in the vanguard of transforming pilot boat technology is preparing to make the maiden voyage from its Norfolk workshop to a new home in the capital.

Leader, the UK’s first hybrid pilot boat has been built by Goodchild Marine Services Limited for the Port of London Authority, in a deal that paves the way for dynamic improvements to the carbon footprint of cutters.

The ORC 136, a parallel hybrid pilot boat, combines both diesel and electric power and has been designed to be completely emission free, while operating in electric mode.

TMS Media ran a year-long PR campaign surrounding the boat construction, which culminated in a press day, securing blanket coverage, locally, regionally and nationally.

The Independent, Mail Online, BBC Look East, ITV Anglia, BBC Radio Norfolk, Eastern Daily Press, various trade publications and more than 15 other regional newspapers and online platforms all covered the story.