53 / 16m HYDROGRAPHIC SURVEY / CREW TRANSFER CATAMARAN
MCA Category 0 Offshore Hydrographic survey, crew transfer and dive support catamaran, offering excellent sea keeping, stability, impressive accommodation and deck space.
Orca III Sea trials, Alongside the two Azores pilot boats
Island Tiger, Rough weather trials, force 7-8 off Cork, Ireland
Island Tiger, Sea keeping & handling trials
Island Tiger, Coastguard helicopter training
55ft, / 17m
12 pass / 3 crew
Volvo / Scania D16 750hp
Twin Disc 5135
featured vessel is ‘ORCA III' our GRP
Wildcat 53 / 16m catamaran's. She has been built for Angus Campbell,
based on the Isles of Harris in the
For hydrographic survey work she is equipped with a moon pool and multi-beam sonar head deployment frame which can be removed when not required, this has been developed and refined by Safehaven over several previous survey vessels they have built. She features a dedicated survey bench for hydrographic equipment. For her St Kilda run, and for the long-range offshore work she will do the vessel has been built to comply with MCA Catagory 0, un-restricted service range, incorporating 5,000 litre fuel capacity, high survivability with 8 watertight compartments and complying with Cat 0 damaged stability requirements. Her hulls scantlings have been designed for Lloyds SSC area G1 and are 'substantial' with transverse framing at 500mm centres providing her with the strength needed working this far offshore. She is equipped with an Icom M800 SSB radio and live aboard facility with 8 bunk berths, full galley with a 240v cooker & hob as well as a large freezer, all powered by a 12kw generator providing onboard AC power. The vessel features a hydraulic power supply powering twin 95kgf bow thrusters, and a HIAB crane mounted on the aft deck. She is fitted with her own 5m RIB carried on her spacious (28m2) aft deck on a cradle, and is launched by crane, allowing passenger transfers ashore from remote destinations. In addition she has a dive platform and divers ladder on the transom, and to assist dive operations she is fitted with twin bow capstains / windlasses and an aft capstain on her transom.
Wildcat 53 is a high buoyancy bow, twin chine symmetrical hull catamaran
form, that has proved very successful in Safenaven's 'Wildcats', providing
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
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 and 22kts operational speed on her 30,000kg displacement
Our Wildcat 53 being sea trailed alongside two of our Interceptor 38 pilot vessels.
of launch April
Displacement- 28,000kg lightship / 31,000kg loaded
Disc MG5135SC Quick Shift
95kgf bow thrusters, auxiliary supply.
4 blade, 30" dia.
Model 026T Max lift @ 1m- 1850kg / 5.5m - 430kg
deck load- 5,000kg
12 passengers / 2 crew
14 persons in main cabin
deck seating 12
persons in removable seating modules
berths in 2 separate cabins
area for cargo
Aft- 28m2, Fwd
Winches 2 x 2000w
on fore deck
Capstains 1 x 2000w
beam sonar Transducer
deployment system through moon pool
100mm s/s tube. / 30mm GRP grating,
s/s tune, 38mm steps, 1.7m length
0, 14 persons
Liferafts 2 x
16 man Viking on launching cradles
Furuno SC-30 Satellite
Icom IC M603
Icom IC M801E
Furuno GP-33 / RD33 Display
Comar CBS200 Class B
Safehaven Marine, Ashgrove, Cobh, Co Cork, Ireland
Phone 00353 86 8054582
All our vessels are build to the highest standards of strength & engineering and are renowned world wide for their exceptional sea keeping abilities.
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