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The vessels interior fit out is to a very high standard, providing her crew and two hydrographic survey equipment operatives a comfortable working environment. The Wildcat 40 provides a very stable platform for survey operations with her catamaran hull form providing very little rolling and enhancing the accuracy of data acquisition.
Safehaven Marine have been awarded 'BEST PILOT BOAT BUILDER' by the International magazine Work Boat World.
SAFEHAVEN HEAD OUT FOR SEA TRIALS IN STORM FORCE CONDITIONS CAPTURING SOME AMAZING PHOTOS OF THE SEA TRIALS
Below are a selection of photographs taken during sea trials with our Interceptor 42 and 48 over a series of storms that hit Ireland in December 2013 with winds up to force 12 and up to 30ft seas. Capturing some of the most stunning photographs of boats in rough seas ever taken.
Below- Hurricane force 12 wind speeds of over 100mph
NEW ORDER FOR A WILDCAT 53 TO THE INSTITUTE OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH IN KUWAIT.
Safehaven Marine have signed contracts with AI BOOM our exclusive distributors in Kuwait to supply a Wildcat 53 'Twin deck' Research vessel for The Kuwait Institute of Scientific Research. The vessel will be powered by twin Caterpillar C18 engines rated at 873hp, and specially designed for marine research and water sampling, and as such is fitted with a Palfinger crane and tilting 'A' frame as well as a 'wet' research room on her aft deck. She is fitted out for hot climate operations featuring a 15kw Westerbeeke AC generator and 4x 27,000 btu air conditioning units in her accommodation areas. She is due for delivery at the end of 2014.
NEW INTERCEPTOR 42 PATROL VESSEL FOR ADANI HAZIRA PORT, INDIA.
Marine have just launched one of their Interceptor 42 patrol vessels
15,600kg (lightship) (18,200kg loaded)
with 10% reserve at MCR (22kts)
Crew capacity. 2 crew and 10 passengers
Total capacity 12 passengers
Engines 2x Caterpillar C12 570hp @ 2300rpm
Generator Paguro 6kw
Speed Maximum 25kts
Speed Cruise @ MCR 22kts
is fitted with a pair of Caterpillar C12 575hp engines, Twin Disc 5114
gearboxes fitted with 'Quick shift' controls driving through
conventional shaft and rudders, fully protected by her full length
deep keel and providing a 25kts+ maximum speed, with a 240nm range. A
6kw generator provides AC power throughout and also powers a Dometic
27,000btu air conditioning system. She was specifically engineered for
hot climate operations in both her accommodation areas and her engine
room, which is fitted with large ventilation inlets and outlets with
forced ventilation provided by a 500mm axial fan.
vessel was built to full class through Lloyds with the notation +100A1
SSC Patrol Mono HS to the Indian flag.
also features substantial main fendering as well as multiple diagonals
and a lower run of fender to provide protection when undertaking
boarding's at sea. A M.O.B. recovery platform is fitted to her transom
to allow recovery of casualties from the water as well as remove
floating objects up to 200kg. A full array of navigation and radio
communication equipment is fitted at her main helm position,
ergonomically designed for comfortable command and control of the
vessel as well as ease of
operation of all equipment, A
navigation station is also incorporated adjacent to her helm.
Main navigation electronics comprise twin 12" Raymarine
C125 display screens, radar, GPS plotter, sonar, twin Sailor VHF DSC
& GMDS radios and Class A AIS.
vessel comfortably meets her contract requirements and proved to
posses excellent seakeeping abilities and responsive handling, as well
as proving very quiet with low noise levels throughout.
SAFEHAVEN MARINE UNDERTAKE POSSIBLY AN INDUSTRY FIRST WITH A LIVE (MANNED) SELF-RIGHTING TEST
an industry first, by capsizing their latest Interceptor 48 Pilot /
S.A.R. vessel in a live condition, with two crew inside during the
roll over. In the ultimate expression of confidence in the vessels
design and integrity, Safehaven's managing director and
designer, Frank Kowalski, volunteered to be inside the vessel during
the roll over. Strapped in with a full harness at her helm position he
commented "it was a bit stressful when she was over at 90 degrees
about to roll over, and the motion past 180 during recovery was pretty
violent, but it went off without a problem". Safehaven gained
valuable data from the test, providing a greater understanding
of the forces involved, thereby allowing them to incorporate design
features that will maximize both their vessels seakeeping, and
survivability, when operating in extreme conditions of wind and wave.
FOUR WILDCAT 40'S FOR THE POLISH NAVY
Safehaven Marine have just signed contracts to build four of our Wildcat 40 catamaran's for the Polish Navy after successfully wining the international tender earlier this year. The four vessels will be supplied throughout 2014, with the fi...rst due to be launched in February. We are delighted to have been awarded this large and prestigious contract.
The construction of first vessel will represent another significant milestone, as it will be the 100th vessel to be built by Safehaven Marine since being founded over 15 years ago.
NEW INTERCEPTOR 56 / 17.3m SEARCH & RESCUE / AMBULANCE VESSEL FOR THE PORT OF CHITTAGONG, BANGLADESH.
The new Interceptor 55 Search and Rescue ambulance vessel for the Port of
Bangladesh has now been launched. She is a high speed search & rescue ambulance
vessel based on our Interceptor 55 deep V mono hull with a LOA of
17.3m including the aft dive platform and an overall beam of 5m. She
is fitted with twin Caterpillar C18 engines rated at 873hp (D
rating) and provide a maximum speed of 33kts, a cruise speed
of 28-30kts with an economical speed of 25kts.
The vessels operation room comprises a helm position to port and crew / navigators seating to st/bd, both positions fitted with CAB 500 series suspension seats. She is fitted with a very comprehensive array of navigation equipment comprising 48n/m radar, GPS plotter and echo sounder displayed on large 16" and 12" LCD screens, 2x VHF / DSC & SSB long range radio communication, weather fax & navtext. Twin lhigh intensity searchlights augmented by deck L.E.D.'s and floodlights provide safe illumination at night. Access to the lower midships compartment is positioned centrally, and wide enough to allow the passage of a stretcher. Steps and safety railings give access to below decks where there is a large forward cabin comprising: to st/bd is positioned a separate storage compartment room, a double berth (which can be used as a 2nd hospital bed). To port lies a dedicated electrical room, a separate heads / shower compartment, and a 'U' shaped seating area with table for 4-5 persons. A galley area is provided adjacent and fitted with a 240v hob, microwave and fridge. A separate 'doctors room' with a berth, seating and table is positioned in a forward cabin and is accessed via a watertight door. The design has a high level of survivability, fitted with 3 watertight b/heads providing four separate compartments. She is fitted with twin 24,000btu air conditioning units, a 12kw AC generator provides 230v power to the AC units and AC power throughout the vessel. She is heavily fendered equal to our pilot vessels with large 150 x 150mm main deck fender, a lower run above the waterline and multiple diagonals. She is due for delivery at the end of June.
Above & below, her main deck hospital room, large and spacious allowing her crew and medical personnel to efficiently attend a casualty.
Below: Ergonomically design helm position with full electronic navigation equipment clearly positioned for ease of operation and visibility
She has excellent performance and handling with fast, light & accurate steering with a 33kts maximum speed.
Above, Caterpillar C18 873hp engines, Below She is a very fine looking vessel with graceful lines.
INTERCEPTOR 48 SEARCH & RESCUE VESSEL FOR THE FAROE ISLANDS
The Interceptor 48 self righting lifeboat for the Faroe Islands has now been successfully launched. She is fitted with Volvo IPS units and D11 600hp engines which will provide the vessel with a maximum speed of 30kts. The IPS units incorporate Volvos dynamic positioning system allowing the vessel to hold position and heading whilst stopped, this feature will be very useful when holding station during rescues. The vessel has seating for 5 crew in the main cabin, and capable of carrying up to 7 survivors / passengers between the main and forward cabins, together with the facility to deploy a stretcher for casualties. A 3.5kw 240V generator supplies AC throughout the vessel. A full galley, separate heads, berths for 2 persons, and a comfortable dinette is provided in the vessels very spacious forward cabin. Deck safety is provided by a full outboard safety rail specialy designed to hinge inwards to prevent damage to the railing when undertaking boarding's, this is augmented with an with inboard hand rail incorporating a Hadrian safety rail, MOB recovery is via a fold-out 'A' frame and Jason's cradle stored in a recessed locker in the superstructure side. Waterline access is provided by a dive platform at the transom. Fendering is as on our pilot vessels meaning 'substantial' and capable of protecting the vessel when undertaking boarding rescues offshore in bad weather. A very comprehensive navigation and radio communications package is incorporated based on Raymarine's E series 160 displays, featuring HD radar, GPS plotter, sonar, autopilot, Rhotheta direction finder, Sailor SSB radio & DCS VHF, gyroscopically stabilized FLIR thermal camera, 4 zone CCTV cameras and lap top computer controled at a dedicated navigators position. The vessel is 'self righting' being capable of recovering from a 180 degree roll over due to the buoyancy of her cabin, multiple special features are incorporated to maintain watertight integrity and crew safety in the event of capsize in heavy seas. The vessel is built to DMA Pilot boat regulations with her hull under survey to Bureau Veritas.
Below, photo sequence of her self-righting trial, you can view a video of the test here- SELF-RIGHTING TEST VIDEO
Below, some photos of her rough weather seakeeping trials in force 9 and 3-4m seas, she performed exceptionally displaying superb levels of stability, you can see a video of the trials from this link- FORCE 9 SEAKEEPING TRIALS.
NEW WILDCAT 53 FOR TOMMY FONNES, NORWAY.
Tommy Fonnes visited us from Norway last week, and accompanied us on sea trials in the force 10 storm on the P&O Maritime pilot vessel. it was a good experience for Tommy as he was able to experience first hand our vessels capabilities. Contracts were signed for a Wildcat 53 Catamaran on Tuesday and work will commence in March for delivery in early 2014. She will built for pilot and crew transfer operations in Norway and be powered by twin Scania D16 750 hp engines.
P&O MARITIMES NEW PILOT VESSEL FOR THE PORT
OF MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE.
MARITIMES new pilot vessel is the 7th of Safehaven Marines Interceptor 48 pilot
vessels to enter service in Ports worldwide, and is the 27th pilot vessel built
by Safehaven Marine demonstrating Safehaven's pre eminence in this specialized
She is to operate at the Port of Maputo in
Mozambique and is powered by a pair of Volvo's new D13 500hp engines and twin
Disc 5114 gearboxes and achieved 24kts on sea trials, providing her with an
operational speed of 23.5 - 24.5kts, fully loaded / Light, she is fitted
with 1850 litre fuel tanks providing her with a range of over 250n/m. The
Interceptor 48 is 14.7m LOA, with a 4.3m beam and 17,500kg Displacement. She has
a seating capacity for 5 pilots and 2 crew, CAB
500 series suspension seats are fitted in the main cabin, with additional bench
seating for 6 passengers in the forward cabin, which is fitted out with a
full galley and a separate heads compartment.
She is to operate at the Port of Maputo in Mozambique and is powered by a pair of Volvo's new D13 500hp engines and twin Disc 5114 gearboxes and achieved 24kts on sea trials, providing her with an operational speed of 23.5 - 24.5kts, fully loaded / Light, she is fitted with 1850 litre fuel tanks providing her with a range of over 250n/m. The Interceptor 48 is 14.7m LOA, with a 4.3m beam and 17,500kg Displacement. She has a seating capacity for 5 pilots and 2 crew, CAB 500 series suspension seats are fitted in the main cabin, with additional bench seating for 6 passengers in the forward cabin, which is fitted out with a full galley and a separate heads compartment.
pilot vessel is especially equipped for hot climate operations, her engine room
is fitted with a powerful 500mm axial inlet fan, as well as a 250mm extract fan
to keep the engine room well ventilated and cool. Her pilots & crew are
equally well catered for with the vessel featuring 2x 18,000btu air conditioning
units in the main cabin, the 2nd unit as a back up providing redundancy
providing a comfortable environment. Tinted windows ensures visibility is
maintained in the high glare conditions from sunlight the Port experiences.
A very high level of fit out has been undertaken, with teak and holy cabin
soles, walnut Formica laminates and trimming ensure she provides a luxurious
working environment, augmented by very low noise levels of just 75db. P&O
Maritime's Interceptor 48 pilot boat is very heavily fendered with 150x150mm D
section rubber main gunwale fendering augmented with Safehaven's unique
sacrificial shoulder fender system, ensuring pilot boarding's in rough
conditions are soft, with impacts well cushioned and the main fender and hull
structure fully protected. Multiple diagonals and a lower run further protect
the vessel, Additionally an Ocean 3 fender fitted on her rounded bow allow the
vessel to be used for occasional 'pushing' duties ,to assist pilots in small
ship maneuvers. A full electronic package supplied by Raymarine based around the
E 140 / 120 series displays are positioned flush in a GRP 'wrap around' helm
console giving the helmsman excellent command of the vessel, with all displays
clearly visible, Safehaven's usual special attention was applied in providing
the utmost comfort and control for the helmsman.
Other features are a Victron 240v 3.5kw alternator, powered by a pair of auxiliary alternators fitted to the engines allowing onboard 240v supply when underway. MOB recovery is carried out by a further refinement of Safehaven's tried and tested transom operated recovery platform, allowing an injured pilot to be safely recovered from the sea unconscious. Recovery is facilitated by the incorporation of an aft, external helm position fitted with engine and joystick steering controls, this position provides the helmsman with full control and visibility in recovery operations. Pilot safety has been foremost in her design and a F.L.I.R. remote control thermal camera is fitted on her mast. A fully integrated 4 camera CCTV system provides coverage for and aft as well as her engine compartment.
Interceptor 48's deep V twin chine hull provides exceptional levels of
seakeeping capable of punching through steep head seas, and running safely down
wind in big following seas, something Safehaven's 48 is highly adapt at, indeed
the reputation Safehaven have established for building pilot boats able to deal
with the harshest sea conditions was contributory to winning the original
contract, with the Interceptor 48 by now fully proven and capable of operating
in storm conditions and 7m+ waves. She has been found to be very relaxed and
comfortable in a seaway. P&O
Maritimes pilot vessel was launched on schedule, fully meeting all her contract requirements.
of vessel Pilot boat
Owners P&O Maritime
Volvo D13 500hp @ 1800rpm
Twin Disc 5114
3.5kw Inverter charged by 4x
27" 4 blade
Operational 23.5 - 24kts @ MCR
2x Dometic 18,000btu
Radar Raymarine E120 48n/m 4kw
Plotter Raymarine E120
VHF Sailor RT6222 DSC
Searchlight Francis 24v 300mm dia remote control
capacity 2 Crew,
RFD 12 persons
Certification Bureau Veritas
a 2nd new Interceptor 48 pilot vessel for the
Marine have launched a 2nd new pilot vessel for the
is the 5th of Safehaven Marines Interceptor 48 pilot vessels to enter
service in Ports worldwide, and is the 25th pilot vessel built by
Safehaven Marine demonstrating Safehaven's pre eminence in this
is powered by a pair of Volvo's new D13 550hp engines and twin Disc
5114 gearboxes and achieved 26kts on sea trials, providing her with an
operational speed of 25-26kts, light / fully loaded. The vessel is
14.7m LOA, with a 4.3m beam and 18,000kg Displacement. She has a
seating capacity for 7 pilots and two crew, Grammer
air suspension seats are fitted in the main cabin, with a further two
in the forward cabin, which is very luxuriously fitted out with a full
galley, 4 person dinette and a separate heads compartment. The pilots
are well catered for with the vessel featuring air conditioning with
high level outlets throughout the main cabin providing a comfortable
environment. Double glazing on all windows ensures good visibility is
maintained at all times without the usual problems of misting in poor
conditions. A very high level of fit out has been undertaken, with
teak and holy cabin soles, walnut Formica laminates and trimming
ensure Turnstone provides a luxurious working environment, augmented
by very low noise levels of just 75db. 'Turnstone' is very heavily
fendered with 150x150mm D section rubber main gunwale fendering
augmented with Safehaven's unique sacrificial shoulder fender system,
ensuring pilot boarding's in rough conditions are soft, with impacts
well cushioned and the main fender and hull structure fully protected.
Multiple diagonals and a lower run further protect the vessel,
Additionally an Ocean 3 fender fitted on her rounded bow allow the
vessel to be used for occasional 'pushing' duties ,to assist pilots in
small ship maneuvers. A full electronic package supplied by Raymarine
based around the E 140 / 120 series displays are positioned flush in a
GRP 'wrap around' helm console giving the helmsman excellent command
of the vessel, with all displays clearly visible, Safehaven's usual
special attention was applied in providing the utmost comfort and
control for the helmsman.
features are a Victron 240v 3.5kw alternator, powered by a pair of
auxiliary alternators fitted to the engines allowing onboard 240v
supply when underway. MOB recovery is carried out by a further
refinement of Safehaven's tried and tested transom operated recovery
platform, allowing an injured pilot to be safely recovered from the
sea unconscious. Special stainless rear view mirrors were developed by
Safehaven at the ports request and prove very useful during boarding
maneuvers. Electro hydraulic trim flaps fully protected in recess
mounded under the transom and enclosed in stainless steel guards for
protection from debris, and provide control over running trim allowing
the bow to be lowered for punching through steep head seas, something
Safehaven's 48 is highly adapt at, indeed the reputation Safehaven
have established for building pilot boats able to deal with the
harshest sea conditions was contributory to winning the original
contract, with the Interceptor 48 by now fully proven and capable of
operating in storm conditions and 7m+ waves. She has been found to be
very relaxed and comfortable in a seaway. Safehaven
are currently building an Interceptor 48 for P&O Maritime for
operation in the Port of Matubo, Mozambique, a Search and rescue
vessel for the Faroe Islands and a S.A.R. Ambulance vessel for the
Port of Chittagon in Bangladesh and continue to prove themselves one
of Europe's most successful boat builders.
Above and below, 'Turnstone' offshore in a gale demonstrating her excellent seakeeping abilities.
Peel Ports, Port of
Volvo D13 550hp @ 1900rpm
Twin Disc 5114
3.5kw Invertor charged by 4x
28" 4 blade
Operational 25-26kts @ MCR
2 Crew, 7 pilots
RFD 12 persons
Bureau Veritas /
SAFEHAVEN MARINE 'GETARES UNO' A NEW INTERCEPTOR 48 PILOT FOR THE PORT OF ALGECIRAS, SPAIN
'Geteras' is a new Interceptor 48 pilot built for the Port of Algeciras in Spain. She is the 5th Interceptor 48 pilot vessel and our 25th Pilot vessel supplied since 1996. She is powered by twin Volvo D13 500hp engines and has an operational speed of 24kts. Differing from previous recent 48's in having a Jason's Cradle MOB recovery system stored amidships in a recessed locker in the superstructure side, instead of the usual aft recovery platform, this gives her a clear transom area and aft deck which is fitted with a strong towing point which can be used in emergency situations at sea. Another refinement is the inclusion of an additional pilot safety rail f/wd at the shoulders, which are fitted with a new shorter section of our sacrificial fender, this allows the ships pilot boarding ladder to hang clear behind it without it getting caught by the pilot boats fender. Seating is for 5 pilots, 3 along the port side and two to st/bd, the central seat having a table in front. All seating is CAB Extreme suspension seats with 125mm of travel and provide a comfortable ride in rough weather transits. The helmsman has a central position in a focused, ergonomically designed position with all instrumentation clearly visible recessed into the helm console. For hot climate operations she has tinted windows, and all windows are fitted with pull down blinds. Engine room ventilation is dealt with by a large 24v 500mm ventilation fan maintain acceptable engine room temperatures in hot climates. She has a very inviting pilot and crew environment, with teak & holy cabin sole and dark grey sidelining throughout and incorporates a large comfortable f/wd accommodation area.
On sea trials she has proved very quiet, no doubt assisted by the positioning of semi submersed exhaust outlets on the transom quarters providing very low noise levels of just 74db. She achieved 24.5 kts on trials comfortably exceeding her contract requirements by a large margin. Her steering very fast and responsive, large Safehaven commissioned cast rudders and a powerful Hypo Marine power steering system allows her to turn 180 degrees at maximum speed in just 11 seconds.
Below, a nice photo of her in operation with Gibraltar in the background.
On the 15th August 2012 we had a big storm, winds reached 45kts and waves were up to 10m high, breaking heavily, we trialed the Aden Interceptor 55 and our Interceptor 38 in the conditions and captured some great photos.
Above and below, a breaking sea bears down on our Interceptor 38.
Extreme sea keeping trials, 10m breaking waves
Squaring up as a wall of water engulfs her.
Below, Big breaking sea over 10m high.
Looking side on you can clearly judge the height of the waves, the top of the mast is 5m above the waterline
ARIEL PHOTO SHOOT OF THREE INTERCEPTOR'S TOGETHER
As we were lucky enough to have three new Interceptor pilot boats , a 38, 48 & 55 all launched in the same month, we took advantage of the moment and captured some great Ariel photos from a helicopter.
ALGECERAS PILY BOAT NEARS COMPLETION
The Interceptor 48 being built for the Port of Algeceras, Spain nears completion, we expect to launch in a few weeks time.
THE FAROE ISLANDS RESCUE BOAT'S HULL NEARS COMPLETION
The Interceptor 48 being built for the Faroe Islands Rescue Service's hull nears completion, the IPS mould inserts can be seen.
NEW INTERCEPTOR 55 PILOT VESSEL FOR THE PORT OF ADEN, YEMEN NOW LAUNCHED.
The Port of Aden in Yemen's new pilot vessel has now been launched. She is powered by twin Volvo D16 750hp engines through TwinDisc 5135 gearboxes giving her a maximum speed of 27.5kts comfortably exceeding her contract requirement by a large margin. On her delivery voyage from Youghal to Cobh her performance proved excellent, with light responsive steering, perfect trim and very low noise levels, providing a comfortable environment for her pilots and crew. She is built for very hot climate operation with a high degree of redundancy, she features twin 6kw generators powering 3x 24,000btu air conditioning units and high power engine room ventilation fans. This will ensure she will be able to operate in the high temperatures experienced in Yemen efficiently and comfortably. Her fit out features seating capacity for 6 pilots with full live aboard facilities incorporated into her spacious air conditioned forward cabin.
Below, see a great video of her, includes Ariel footage taken from a helicopter SEE THE VIDEO
Heavy duty rubber fendering protects the hull with substantial 150x150mm fendering along her gunwale with an addition run at her transom quarters, numerous diagonals and a lower run along her 2nd chine just above the waterline, she is fitted with our well proven 'sacrificial fender system'. The Interceptor 55's deep V, twin chine hull provides exceptional seakeeping abilities, high levels of stability and a very soft ride in to head seas.
Below, See a video of her undergoing pilot boarding trials SEE THE VIDEO
Her pilot boarding area is wide, spacious and fitted with strategically positioned safety rails providing a safe working area for pilot and crew, who benefit from her raised sheerline and flared bow, keeping decks dry and safe.
From an operational perspective, a centrally positioned helm console provides her coxswain with clear uninterrupted vision equally to port and st/bd, large side and overhead windows assist visibility when alongside ships. Her helm position has been especially designed to provide a focused and ergonomically efficient operators environment, which allows the coxswain to take full advantage of the Interceptors fine responsive handling. Twin 24,000btu air conditioning units are fitted at the aft of the cabin and with cold air ducted up to over head outlets running the length of the cabin ensuring efficient cooling of the cabin. Her large main cabin features 6 pilot seats, two of which have tables in front of them, numerous overhead and vertical grab rails provide safe passage in rough weather.
Her design features a large, spacious forward accommodation area ,allowed for by placing the engines centrally under the wheelhouse. Forward there is sleeping accommodation with two large bunk berths. A comfortable seating area along side the large galley area, The cabin contains a full size heads compartment with sink and shower. Large wet locker and under deck storage enhance her functionality and provides a very comfortable, fully air conditioned crew environment.
THE PORT OF CORK'S INTERCEPTOR 48
We have now launched the 'Failte' the Port of Corks new pilot vessel an Interceptor 48 Pilot. This was a special launch for us as this is our local Port, and having built the ports last new pilot vessel, the Gleann Mor, an Interceptor 42 pilot delivered over six years ago, we have built up a great relationship with all the crew and pilots at the port, and are delighted to be, once again six years latter launch their new pilot vessel. The Interceptor 48 is very closely modeled on their previous Interceptor 42 pilot which has worked so well, especially in the rough conditions the Port can experience.
The 'Failte' is powered by twin Volvo D13 550hp engines, and provide her with an operational speed of 26kts, on sea trials she proved exceptionally quiet with only 75db being recorded at maximum speed.
Undertaking boarding trials alongside a 98m coaster & the Saga Saphire liner, you can see a video here- VIDEO 2
The vessel has seating for 4 pilots and 2 crew on Grammer Actimo air suspension seats in the main cabin and further seating area for up to 4 passengers in her spacious forward cabin. The cabin is fitted out to a very high standard featuring a teak & holy cabin sole, warm wood laminates and dark grey sidelining throughout, these refinements, coupled with the Interceptors soft riding hull provides the crew and pilots with very comfortable and relaxed transits. The vessel incorporates throughout, a depth of carefully considered and highly specified engineering, incorporating the latest refinements Safehaven have developed for their pilot boats over the last 6 years, including among others their own transom mounted MOB recovery platform that can quickly and efficiently recover a casualty from the water safely, even in rough conditions. Her central helm position offers panoramic vision all round and above, and offers one of the best helming positions around, totally focused on providing the operator with the maximum comfort and control of the vessel, especially during the often challenging conditions a pilot vessel operates in. Double glazed front windows, Exalto 5 speed wipers with hot water screen washers ensure total visibility in poor conditions. Raymarine C120 & C140 displays for radar and plotter are integrated into her 'wrap around' helm console, easily viewed and controlled by the helmsman. Designed for all weathers she has large rudders and coupled with a powerful Hypro Marine power steering system means she is exceptional maneuverable with quick, light steering of just 4 turns lock to lock meaning she can 'turn on a sixpence'.
All who have viewed her agree she is a very graceful vessel with pleasing, modern lines and we look forward to seeing her in service at our home port soon.
Above and below, A central 'wrap around' helm console and her well appointed interior provide a very comfortable environment for pilots and crew.
Her f/wd cabin is large and spacious with a separate heads and electrical compartment, storage lockers and work top and seating for 4 passengers.
Reclining, air suspension heated Grammer Actimo air suspension seats.
Above some nice pics of her first day of sea trials, you can see the video on youtube here- VIDEO 1
Alongside our Interceptor 38 pilot / SAR during sea trials.
Volvo D13 550hp engines provide her with a 26kts operational speed.
Below, alongside the Port of Corks current Interceptor 42 the Glean Mor, which will now move to back up pilot boat, with Sonia, the old pilot vessel she replaces in the background.
LAUNCH NEW PILOT / S.A.R. VESSEL
Marine have just launched a self-righting pilot / search & rescue
vessel and will be displaying her at Sea work 2012. Based on their
successful Interceptor 38
pilot, four of which have just been delivered to the
ergonomics to provide the utmost control of the vessel in rough conditions. To further assist in this respect the vessel is fitted with Humphree HA500 (asymmetric 500mm interceptors) with BTOS function ride control. The interceptors allow the helmsman to optimize running trim and bow attitude in rough conditions. The navigator is provided with his own dedicated position with repeat navigation / radio equipment. A 3kw inverter provides onboard 240v and multiple CCTV cameras and PTZ thermal camera, monitor and recorded the engine room, f/wd and aft views, all displayed on a large screen at the helm position. The vessel is built under survey by BV and is fitted out to a very high standard to reflect the engineering and design excellence Safehaven deliver. Safehaven have been able to capitalize on the excellent reputation for seakeeping abilities their vessels have gained worldwide and, following on from their recent contract to supply a lifeboat based on their Interceptor 48 to the Faroe Islands rescue service, they are ideally positioned in this niche market, as well as offering the security of 'all weather self righting
capabilities' to pilots and ports worldwide. Safehaven launch their 23rd pilot vessel this month demonstrating their pre-eminence in this market.
Her interior is fitted out to a very high standard, a special GRP helm console was designed especially for her and ambiance is enhanced with walnut inserts, paneling and teak & holy cabin sole. Small half tables are provided for the f/wd crew seats and the aft port seat has a full table.
Interceptor 55 'Pilot' boat for the Port of Aden, Yemen nears completion
The Port of Aden, Yemen's new pilot vessel nears completion The vessel is powered by twin Volvo D16 750hp engines. The vessel is being built for very hot climate operation, with a high degree of redundancy: twin 6kw generators, powering 3x 24,000btu air conditioning units, and high power engine room ventilation fans. Fit out features seating capacity for 6 pilots with full live aboard facilities incorporated into her spacious air conditioned forward cabin. The vessel promises to be a fine striking looking pilot vessel for the port. Her engines are fitted, and her fit out, electrical and engineering installations completed and she is nearly ready for launch.
JOSSE VAN HURTERE, The 4th Azores pilot vessel is launched.
Josse van Hurtere has now being launched, she is the fourth and last boat of the contract to supply four of our Interceptor 38 pilot vessels to the Island of the Azores. The first two vessels were delivered in December 2011 and have been in successful operation since. Nuno Lima who was in charge of the contract reports that the first two vessels have been working very well ever since they arrived, and that all the pilots and crew are very happy with the vessels.
ORCA III, Angus Campbell's new Wildcat 53 is launched
Marine, have now launched ‘ORCA III' the third of their GRP
Wildcat 53 / 16m catamaran's. She has been built for Angus Campbell,
based on the Isles of Harris in the
Wildcat 53 is a high buoyancy bow, twin chine symmetrical hull
catamaran form, that has proved very successful in Safenaven's
exceptional levels of sea keeping and performance. The design is 16m moulded
(17m LOA) with a 6.1m / 20ft
beam and differs from the last two Wildcat 53 windfarm support
vessels, supplied by Safehaven to Island Shipping in 2010 and 2011,
both of which have been working successfully on UK windfarms for the
past 18 mths, in having a single level superstructure design, as
opposed to a raised bridge deck design, this gives the advantage of
allowing f/wd visibility for all passengers which Angus felt was
important for passengers on the long transit durations his passengers
undertake in Cat 0 service.
Angus chose GRP again as he knew that Safehaven were no stranger to building exceptionally strong GRP hulls, the Wildcat 53 has the same heavy duty scantlings as their renowned pilot boats which are often subject to severe impacts in rough weather, this produces a vessel that can withstand tough use in harsh weather far offshore. GRP provides many benefits, being a homogeneous structure it is very strong, it gives a high standard of external finish with the advantage of zero maintenance and perfectly compliments Safehaven’s graceful designs, resulting in a very striking looking vessel.
Below, for hydrographic work she is fitted with a moon pool and multi-beam sonar head deployment frame.
‘Orca III is powered by twin Scania D16 700hp engines and Twin Disc MG 5135 quick shift gearboxes driving conventional sterngear: 762mm" props on 90mm shaft and large balanced stainless steel rudders. Angus required her to be able to run at 18-20kts on her 200n/m round trip to St Kilda in the heavy weather he experiences and she easily surpasses this, with a 24kts maximum speed on her 30,000kg displacement
SAFEHAVEN EXHIBIT S.A.R. / PILOT VESSEL AT SEAWORK 2012
Safehaven Marine will be exhibiting a self-righting pilot / rescue vessel afloat at the 2012 Sea work show. Based on their successful Interceptor 38 pilot, the vessel has been designed for multiple operational roles of pilotage, patrol and search & rescue, and in this latter respect, the design is self righting. Numerous special features have been incorporated in respect of her self righting capability (by way of her superstructure buoyancy), The design features accommodation for 5 crew / pilots on CAB 500 suspension seats and up to 6 survivors in her spacious f/wd cabin. The vessel is powered by twin Volvo D9 500hp engines providing a sprint speed of 27kts and an operational speed of 22-23kts. A comprehensive navigation package is fitted with the helmsman being provided with a highly developed helm position, with car standard ergonomics to provide the utmost control of the vessel in rough conditions, to further assist in this respect the vessel is fitted with Humphree HA500 (asymmetric 500mm interceptors) with BTOS function ride control system, to automatically optimise running trim and optimise bow attitude manually in rough conditions. The navigator is provided with his own dedicated position with repeat navigation / radio equipment. The vessel is built under survey by BV and is fitted out to a very high standard to reflect the engineering and design excellence Safehaven deliver. Safehaven have been able to capitalise on the excellent reputation for seakeeping abilities their vessels have gained worldwide and, following on from their recent contract to supply a lifeboat based on their Interceptor 48 to the Faroe Islands rescue service, they are ideally positioned in this niche market, as well as offering the security of 'all weather self righting capabilities' to pilots and ports worldwide. Safehaven launch their 23rd pilot vessel this month demonstrating their pre-eminence in this market.
NEW INTERCEPTOR 48 'LIFEBOAT' FOR THE FAROE ISLANDS
Safehaven have just signed contracts with the Faroe Islands Rescue Service to supply an Interceptor 48 self righting lifeboat. Regin Jespersen first visited Safehaven in February 2011 and since then Regin and Frank have worked on refining the vessels specification to a format that both believe will result in a very fine Rescue boat capable of dealing with the very extreme North Atlantic weather experienced in the Faroe Islands, where very large waves and storm force winds occur during winter months. The Lifeboat is to be fitted with Volvo IPS units and D11 600hp engines which will provide the vessel with a maximum speed over 30kts. The IPS units will incorporate Volvos dynamic positioning system allowing the vessel to hold position and heading whilst stopped, this feature will be very useful when holding station during rescues. The vessel will have seating for 5 crew in the main cabin, and capable of carrying up to 7 survivors / passengers between the main and forward cabins, together with the facility to deploy a stretcher for casualties. A 3.5kw 240V generator supplies AC throughout the vessel. A full galley, separate heads, berths for 4 persons, and a comfortable dinette is provided in the vessels very spacious forward cabin. Deck safety is provided by a full outboard safety rail, with inboard hand rail, MOB recovery is via a fold-out 'A' frame and Jason's cradle stored in a recessed locker in the superstructure side. Waterline access is provided by a dive platform at the transom. Fendering is as on our pilot vessels meaning 'substantial' and capable of protecting the vessel when undertaking boarding rescues offshore in bad weather. A very comprehensive navigation and radio communications package is incorporated based on Raymarine's E series 120 & 140 displays, featuring dual scanner radar, GPS plotter, sonar, autopilot, Rhotheta direction finder, ICOM SSB radio & DCS VHF, CCTV cameras and lap top computer at the dedicated navigators position. The vessel is 'self righting' being capable of recovering from a 180 degree roll over due to the buoyancy of her cabin, multiple special features are incorporated to maintain watertight integrity and crew safety in the event of capsize in heavy seas. The vessel is scheduled for delivery in March / April 2013. The vessel will be built to DMA Pilot boat regulations. Below Regin and Frank signing contracts in Ireland in January.
Safehaven expect this to be the first of many rescue vessels as the reputation it has gained for building vessels with exceptional seakeeping abilities and engineering depth is becoming recognized internationally as attributes fundamentally important in a rescue craft, and indeed any vessel that has to deal with extremes of weather and operational requirements.
Above, the Faroe Islands. Below external elevation of the vessels design.
PORT OF LIVERPOOL AWARD SAFEHAVEN MARINE CONTRACT TO SUPPLY 3 INTERCEPTOR 48 PILOTS
Following the delivery of 'Skua' an Interceptor 48 pilot early last year, and after a 9 month evaluation period to appraise how she performed in pilotage on the Mersey. The port have awarded Safehaven the contract to supply 3 further 48's, one per year over the next 3 years. Obviously the pilots and crew have been impressed with 'Skua', having completed over 1,000hrs of pilot operations she has proved a comfortable, reliable and safe vessel and has fully meet the ports expectations. The most notable area being her ability to extend the ports operational envelope in heavy weather. Previously the Port was forced to close pilot operations when wave heights over Liverpools Bar exceeded 2m, however with Skua they have found they are able to operate even when wave heights exceed 3m, and have been able to continue operations in 38kts of wind, quite a commendation considering the Ports older pilot vessels are 16m in length compared to Skua's smaller 14.5m. The new vessels will be fundamentally the same, incorporating a few small changes, her Sacrificial fender has proved very successful in both protection and softening boarding impacts, and will be incorporated in future vessels. Work on the next vessel is scheduled to start in March with delivery at the end of the year.
'DIOGO DE TEIVE' The 3rd Interceptor 38 for the Azores Islands is launched.
Our third Pilot vessels for the Azores Islands has now been launched.
First and second Azores vessels arrive safely in The Azores.
Below, being shipped and sailing from Porto 1,000 miles out into the Atlantic to the Azores.
Afloat again in Horto.
'ALVARO DE ORNELAS' The 2nd Interceptor 38 Pilot vessel for SAO ROQUE, AZORES
As part of our contract to supply four of our Interceptor 38 Pilots to the Islands of the Azores, we have now launched Alvaro de Ornelas. Identical to her sister ship Joa Vaz Corte- Real launched two months ago, she underwent rough weather sea trials together with her sister ship. Conditions were quite extreme, just as to be expected of an Interceptor pilot boat built by Safehaven, with Force 9 S/W and 47kts wind speeds pushing up a 3.5m+ breaking seas, we of course made a video and took some great photos, see below.
Above, Squaring up to 7m breaking seas
SAFEHAVEN MARINE SIGN CONTRACTS WITH THE PORT OF ALGECERIAS, SPAIN FOR AN INTERCEPTOR 48 PILOT
Ron Goddard, our International representative for the Iberian Peninsula signed contracts with the Spanish Port of Algecerias to build an Interceptor 48 pilot boat. This is the first vessel we will be building for a Spanish Port, and it follows on from the strong reputation we have developed in their neighboring country Portugal, with 7 pilot vessels built, and in build for Portugal and the Azores. The vessel is very similar in specification to the Cork and Liverpool pilot vessels, being powered by Volvo D13 engines and is to be built to a similarly high specification. Delivery is scheduled for August 2012.
Below, her hull and superstructure completed.
SAFEHAVEN SIGN CONTRACTS WITH PORT OF CORK
Cork Marine Company Wins Port of Cork Contract
Port of Cork has today announced that local Cork Company, Safehaven
Marine have been awarded the contract to build the Port of Cork’s
new pilot vessel. Due to be delivered in 2012, Safehaven Marine beat
off strong competition from several other companies to win the
on the contract Captain Paul O’Regan, Deputy Harbour Master, said:
“As part of our planned renewal of equipment and vessels, the port
recently advertised a contract to build a new Pilot vessel on
e-tenders. We are pleased to announce that “Safehaven Marine”, a
Cork based boat builder has been successful.”
building the last Cork pilot boat in 2006, Safehaven Marine has
specialized in the 'niche' pilot boat market and continuously
expanded. Currently employing 30 staff, Safehaven Marine operates out
of two factories, one in Little Island and a new state of the art
facility built in Youghal. They have supplied pilot boats worldwide,
from Scandinavia, Europe, and the Mediterranean and as far a field as
Asia and the Middle East, and in 2012 will pass a milestone by
launching their 100th vessel since being established in 1996.
Safehaven are now probably
SAFEHAVEN MARINE LAUNCH THE FIRST OF FOUR PILOT BOATS FOR THE AZORES 'João Vaz Corte-Real'
Safehaven were awarded the contract to build four of its new Interceptor 38 / 11.5m pilot vessels for the Islands of the Azores, situated some 1000 miles out into the Atlantic between Europe and America and have launched the first vessel 'Joa Vaz Corte-Real'. The vessels use our proven Genesis Interceptor 38 hull with a new pilot boat superstructure. The vessels are to be built in accordance with the Portuguese Maritime authority regulations and the hull will be built under Bureau Veritas to plan approval by same. Powered by twin Volvo D9 425 hp engines on ZF 'V' Drive gearboxes, the design features a more central cabin position allowing an aft cockpit are which is fitted with a Mampray quick release towing slip hook. the design also incorporates a 'pusher' bow that will allow the vessel to be used for occasional 'tug duties' assisting pilots in maneuvering ships. The design features four pilot seats, and a central helm position. Other features include 1500 litres GRP fuel tanks situated in a midships tank compartment, a forward cabin with a separate heads compartment and occasional sleeping berths as well as providing storage. The vessel will be engineered for hot climate operation with twin 5000m3hr engine room fans. Stainless steel lifting points built in at the bow and transom allowing the vessel to be easily lifted from the water. Engine room access will be via a deck hatch in the cabin sole for daily inspections and two large deck hatches on the aft cockpit facilitating engine removal and service.
Below, latest launch pictures of the first vessel.
Her seakeeping was tested in 35kts of wind and she displayed the Interceptor's typically excellent levels of seakeeping, being very soft into a head sea, a result of her fine 55 degree bow deadrise and exceptionally stable down wind, being very responsive to the helm.
SEA THE VIDEO OF HER SEA TRIALS Featuring alongside ship handling and rough weather trials
The Volvo D9 engines rated at 425hp provide her with a maximum speed of 25kts and an operational speed of 21kts.
Below, Her designs unique features can be seen here, the centrally positioned cabin provides for a spacious foredeck to easily facilitate pilot transfers, whilst allowing a large aft cockpit for when the vessel is utilized in 'towing' or rope handling duties. At the bow can be seen the integral bow fendering allowing the vessel to operate in 'pushing' maneuvers to assist in maneuvering of smaller ships inside the harbor. these features make the pilot vessel truly 'multi-purpose' and allows ports to concentrate several different vessel capabilities into one vessel in a cost effective, economical manor.
Weighing a lightship12,200kg (13,500kg loaded displacement) 'Joa Vaz Corte-Real' sits with perfectly level trim and displays her graceful proportions, and has the look of a much bigger vessel.
SECOND PILOT VESSEL FOR MALTA 'FOXTROT' IS LAUNCHED.
The Malta Maritime Pilots ordered a second Interceptor pilot vessel 2 years after taking delivery of Echo 1 their Interceptor 42 pilot, a fine testimony as to how happy they are with the first vessel. The 2nd boat is a a pilot version of our Interceptor 48 with a Cab f/wd arrangement. The vessel is now launched. 'FOXTROT' is powered by twin Scania D12 engines rated at 530hp @ 1900rpm and provide her with an operational speed of 24kts. 'Foxtrot is is fitted out with a passengers seating capacity of 12 pilots / passengers in Westmeken air craft style reclining passenger seats. Her main cabin is fully air conditioned with a 24,000 btu air con system with high level outlets in the main cabin. The system is powered by a 6kw generator also providing on board 240v power. She is equipped with a small galley in the forward cabin fitted with a sink, microwave and 240v outlets. The forward cabin also houses a separate heads compartment fitted with a sea toilet and black water holding tank with pump out facilities. Her aft cockpit is very spacious, a virtue of the 'cab f/wd' design and is fitted with lashing points to allow her carry up to 4,000kg of deck cargo. A full hydraulic system powers a bow thruster providing excellent close quarter maneuvering, further assisted by a second external helm position at the aft of the cabin
'Foxtrot' has an operational speed of 24kts on a lightship displacment of 17,250kg
Below, seen here alongside the Azores 38 pilot during sea trials offshore.
'URSULA' ROENNE PILOT BOAT, DENMARK RECEIVES FINE ENDORSEMENT
After six month in operation successfully, Hans Kumler, the Port Director sent us this very complimentary letter, expressing how pleased he has been with his vessel, and is a fine endorsement for Safehaven Marines pilot vessels.
'SKUA' enjoys her naming ceremony at the Port of Liverpool.
After being delivered, commissioned and accepted at the Port of Liverpool Skua had her naming ceremony on a fine sunny day on the 4th April. Some nice photos were taken of the day below.
'ISLAND PANTHER' The 2nd Windfarm support vessel built for Island Shipping by Safehaven Marine is now launched
Safehaven Marine have now launched the second Wildcat 53 / 16m windfarm support vessel for Island Shipping 'Island Panther' a sister ship to the first vessel 'Island Tiger' supplied in 2010. The Wildcat 53 is high bow buoyancy bow design, symmetrical hull, twin chine catamaran of GRP composite construction, princible dimensions are 16m moulded (17.3m LOA) a 6.1m / 20ft beam and a 1.15m draft, the design offers excellent sea keeping abilities, being able to push through steep head seas without slamming occurring on the bridge deck by virtue of the fuller bow sections providing adequate buoyancy to lift over waves, this combined with the catamaran designs high levels of transverse stability results in a very stable, seaworthy craft. Island Panther incorporated a number of changes over the first vessel to enhance her functionality in her windfarm support role , most notable being the incorporation of a dedicated fuel and water transfer system with additional fuel capacity totalling 5,000 litres of fuel and 1,000 litres of water. The fuel transfer system features separate reels with 50m of hose stored in the fore peak, these pump fuel / water under 5 bar from high capacity 240v pumps, allowing the vessel to refuel generators / water tanks on the windfarm platforms up to 40-50m above water.
Island Panther is
fitted with Scania D16 V8 650hp engines running Ultra Dynamics 451
Waterjets with Joystick control and has a maximum speed of 25kts with
an operational speed of 22kts at a lightship displacment of 28,000kg,
she has a very soft
and comfortable ride, with exceptionally low noise levels of only 67db
being recorded in the cabin at maximum speed.
bow area has been designed to accommodate a specially developed fender
system from Ocean 3. The fender design is of high density foam core
500m x 400mm to cushion impacts and stresses in the bow. The fender is
retained by straps in a grove moulded into the bow, thereby capable of
being quickly changed in the event of damage and is interchangeable to
feature either a flat bow or a fender with a nipple incorporated. No
stranger to building exceptionally strong GRP hulls, the Wildcat 53
has the same heavy duty scantlings as their renowned pilot boats which
are often subject to severe impacts in rough weather, this produces a
vessel that can withstand tough use in the harsh windfarm support
vessel environment. GRP provides many benefits, being a homogeneous
structure it is very strong, it gives a high standard of external
finish with the advantage of zero maintenance, it is easily repaired
and perfectly compliments Safehaven’s graceful design, resulting in
a very striking vessel.
superstructure is a raised bridge deck design with the helm and
navigators position elevated to provide excellent visibility. The
cabin is centrally positioned in an ‘island configuration’ with a
clear 750mm walkway each side and around the bow where there is a
cargo lifting space. This provides a safe passageway and spacious work
and boarding area at the bow.
is spacious and designed to provide a comfortable and luxurious
environment, with a
combination of aircraft style transit seating, and a dinette style
seating platform with a table providing a comfortable area during
standby with a
'SKUA' THE PORT OF LIVERPOOL'S NEW INTERCEPTOR 48 PILOT VESSEL IS LAUNCHED
We have now launched The Port of Liverpool's new pilot boat 'Skua', an Interceptor 48 pilot. On initial sea trials she performed very well, powered by twin Volvo D12 500hp engines she has an operational speed of 24kts with 1/4 fuel and 23kts with full fuel on a lightship displacment of 17,750kg. She has very responsive handling, runs with a level trim, noise and vibration levels are very low recording just 75db at 20kts, and she provides a very quiet and relaxed environment for her crew and pilots. Alongside ship handling trials proved very successful, she was very easy to control coming alongside, held station effortlessly and broke away easily without her transom corner even touching the ships side. 'Skua' is certainly a very striking vessel combining her bright red hull with the Interceptors graceful lines.
Above and below, the first day of rough weather sea trials were completed with 'Skua' handling very well in 36kts of wind and 3-4m breaking waves. A video of the day can be seen on you tube- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JF5JH9enINE
Below, a poignant photograph of the 'Gleann Mor', the first pilot vessel built by Safehaven Marine six years ago in 2005, and our latest pilot boat 'Skua', built some 16 pilot boats later.
The vessel is very heavily fendered all round. Extra fendering on the bow allows her to be used for pushing duties to assist pilots in close quarter maneuver inside the harbour, and protects the bow and stem from operational damage. Additional fendering at the transom quarters protects this vulnerable area during breakaway in pilot boarding maneuvers.
Below- a refinement on our proven sacrificial fender system greatly lessens impacts during boarding, and successfully protects the vessels main fenders.
'Skua' has an increased seating capacity to allow for five pilots and two crew seated on Grammer air suspension seats in the main cabin, with an additional two Grammer pilot seats in the forecabin, giving a total capacity for 7 pilots and two crew. In addition the spacious forecabin incorporates a luxurious fit out and features a fit out incorporating a galley, dinette seating for four and a table between, bringing total seating capacity to 11. A separate heads compartment is fitted with an electric toilet and black water tank. The fit out is to a high standard featuring teak and holy cabin sole throughout, and full interior lining in bur walnut laminates, grey sidelining and white headlining, this provides the pilots and crew with a comfortable living environment when on stand by or passage.
She features a 'wrap around' helm position with all navigation instruments integrated in front of the helmsman, with engine and auxiliary controls alongside, this provides an exceptionally driver focused helm position that is ergonomically comfortable and efficient, allowing the helmsman ultimate control of the vessel. Other features to assist in the vessels operational efficiency are double glazing on all windows and a fully air conditioned cabin from a 16,000btu air conditioning unit with high level outlets.
NEW INTERCEPTOR 42 FOR JEAN-JAQUES AGERNAY
Below is the latest Interceptor 42 built for Jeanne-Jaqes Agernay. The vessel is a sports angling version for operation in the Mediterranean. She is fitted with twin Volvo D9 575 hp engines and achieved 33kts, making her the fastest Interceptor 42 built so far.
Daniel Marquinhos who lives in Averio, Portugal took these photos of 'Espinheiro' going out to undertake pilotage, and coming home in 6.5m seas at the entrance to the port, it shows the kind of conditions Espinherio must work in, Daniel has promised me some more pics and I look forward to seeing them.
'Ocean Ranger' back with us for an engine service and her owner Mike was keen to make a video of her in some weather. We had 3 days of continuous gales and storms so there was a very big sea running at the entrance to Cork Harbour at Roaches Point, and at the time we made the video conditions over the Rock and right across the entrance were un-navigable with exceptionally steep breaking waves as we had a spring tide, and the ebb was running at full force, only one of our pilot boat could have crossed the rock in these conditions and even then it would have been a tough run. We took a particularly vicious wave which demonstrated the great stability that a catamaran offers and the importance of strong windows and cabin construction as several tons of water crashed on to the cabin and windows.
Above a 5m breaking sea bears down on Ocean Ranger and below, a selection of stills from the video.
Below, a nice photo sequence of bursting through a big wave. You can see a video of the day here- SEE THE VIDEO
'ISLAND TIGER' was back with us and we had an opportunity to trial her with her owner Simon Greenwood in some weather. Below, reversing in to waves demonstrating the amazing maneuverability of water jets. See the video- SEE THE VIDEO
MARINE LAUNCH NEW HYDROGRAPIC SURVEY CATAMARAN FOR LA
Safehaven Marine have
launched one of their successful Wildcat 40 catamarans, the Hydrographic
vessel 'Jeanne Baret' for the
Below, Wildcat 40 'Jeanne Baret' for the Port of La Reunion undergoing rough weather sea trials off Cork, during the night it had blown very hard with 40kts of wind from the South East with waves peaking at 7.5m a few hours before we went out, by then the wind had moderate but we still had 6m swells which were breaking well over the Harbour Rock, and against a strong ebb tide, to create pretty rough conditions. You can watch a video of the trials on you tube from this link- CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VIDEO
PORT OF BORDEAUX'S INTERCEPTOR 48 PILOT BOAT
'QUINOA' operates successfully and is praised by the Gironde pilots'
Now in successful operation for 5 months Quinoa has received universal praise from the Pilots and Crew at Bordeaux, I received this nice letter of recommendation from their president.
'URSULA' NEW INTERCEPTOR 42 PILOT FOR THE PORT OF ROENNE, DENMARK IS LAUNCHED
The Port of Roenne in Denmark ordered an Interceptor 42 pilot boat last year, Hans Kumner, the Port director commissioned Safehaven Marine to supply an Interceptor to be build to the ports specification complying with the Danish Maritime Authorities requirements, and his new pilot vessel 'Ursula' has now been launched. 'Ursula' is powered by twin Volvo D12 500hp engines and twin disc 5114 gearboxes through 26" 5 blade propellers and achieved 24kts at a 16,150kg (lightship) displacement on initial sea trials and proved very quiet and refined at maximum speed.
Below, a selection of photographs of Ursula undergoing rough weather sea keeping sea trails, conditions were pretty bad with up to 48kts wind speeds with swells of 5m breaking in the tidal race over the Harbour Rock at the entrance to Cork Harbour. During the trials she handled just like any Interceptor pilot, which is to say superbly.
You can see a video of 'URSULA' undergoing these sea trials on you tube from this link- CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VIDEO
By a lucky coincidence the flotilla of several nay ships visiting Cork this week left port at the end of our sea trials, Ursulas sister ship the Cork pilot vessel Gleann Mor was carrying out pilotage duties and the captains allowed us to capture some nice pictures of Ursula running along side their ships as they left port, affording us a rare photo opportunity producing these nice pictures.
Below , 'Ursula's dark blue hull and blue stripe in the ports colours compliments her striking golden yellow superstructure to produce a fine looking pilot vessel.
Her interior is fitted out to a high standard featuring 4 CAB 300 series pilot seats and a central helm position, which is fully adjustable for reach, height and adjustment to the angle of wheel, as in a car and providing an ergonomically comfortable steering position for the helmsman. The central orientation also gives excellent all round visibility and equal control of the vessel when boarding to port or st/bd, multiple high level windows provide the helmsman with panoramic visibility.
'Ursulas' interior is fully lined with grey sidelining, white headlining and walnut effect Formica laminates for ease of maintenance and durability. Each pilot seat is mounted on a removable GRP pedestal with storage lockers incorporated within. Multiple vertical hand holds provide safe passage through the cabin in rough weather. The cabin layout, companion way doors and hatches all comply with DMA regulations providing clear width of 600mm.
Above, 'Ursula' features a refinement and development of our Safehavens MOB recovery platform featuring a recovery basket raised to deck level and lowered 400mm below the waterline by a double pulley system and self tailing winch. The recovery basket folds back against the transom when not in use. The system has been refined by incorporating an aft helm position with full repeat engine and steering controls that can be used during MOB recovery, allowing the helmsman complete control of the vessel. The fallen casualty is further protected by incorporation of a propeller guard that extends below the waterline protecting the casualty from the propellers, in addition the exhausts exit at the transom quarters dispersing exhaust gasses into the vessels wake, see below.
The propeller guard and its effectiveness can be seen clearly here.
'Ursulas' engineering installation is the the highest standard complying with the Danish Maritime Standards for pilot vessels, the hull was built under Bureau Veritas survey to BV approved plans. Her twin VOLVO D12 engines are easily accessed for maintenance
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