P&O MARITIME'S new Interceptor 48 pilot vessel for the Port of Maputo in Mozambique is launched


P&O 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 field. 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.



The 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.



See the video of her in storm force 10 and 6m breaking seas- FORCE 10 VIDEO




The 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. 


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She has proved to have the expected very high levels of seakeeping abilities that all Safehaven's pilot vessel posses, amply demonstrated in these photos of her being sea trailed in gale force 9 conditions with 60kts wind speeds and over 6m seas.








Technical specification


Type of vessel                                     Pilot boat

Owners                                               P&O Maritime

Builders                                              Safehaven Marine

LOA                                                   14.7m

Beam                                                  4.4m

Draft                                                   1.3m

Displacement Lightship                        17,800kg

Loaded                                                20,100kg

Construction material                            GRP

Engines                                               Volvo D13 500hp @ 1800rpm

Gearbox                                              Twin Disc 5114

Generator                                            3.5kw Inverter charged by 4x

                                                          90amp alternators

Propellers                                            27" 4 blade

Speed                                                 Operational 23.5 - 24kts @ MCR                 

Range                                                 240nm

Fuel                                                    1,850 litres

Water                                                 110 litres

Air-conditioning                                    2x Dometic 18,000btu  

Navigation equipment 

Radar                                                  Raymarine E165 48n/m 4kw

Plotter                                                 Raymarine E120

Repeater                                             Raymarine C90

Sounder                                              DSM300

Communication equipment

VHF                                                   Sailor RT6222 DSC

                                                          Sailor RT6248

Search & rescue DF                            Raymarine lifetag DF

Searchlight                                          Francis 24v 300mm dia remote control

Seating capacity                                  2 Crew, 5 pilots                                              

Liferaft                                                 RFD 12 persons

Certification                                         Bureau Veritas