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 specialized field.
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 /
Several new features have been incorporated in Turnstone as part of our 'continuous improvement' practice incorporated on our 2012 year model pilot vessels.
Turnstones Bow boarding fender is supplied by 'Ocean 3' fender, offering greater durability, offering high compression resistance when pushing against quay walls and ships.
safety railing fitted at rear of cabin offering additional hand holds for pilots
when waiting at stern to move forward for boarding opportunity, and assisting
She is fitted with a new design Seaglaze fully watertight cabin door.
She is fitted with a new design Seaglaze fully watertight cabin door.A repositioned MOB platform recovery winch offering better leverage for operator reducing fatigue when in use.
Sacrificial fender securing, replacing ratchets with our own design of
tensioning mechanism, reducing trip hazard and much less prone to damage due to
their lower profile, we have also been able to dispense with the aft tensioning
ratchets. In addition the SF fender is positioned further forward to allow the
pilot boarding ladder to lie in the gap behind it when the SF fender is touching
the ship, thereby preventing the ladder getting trapped between the pilot boats
fender and ships side.
vents for cabin heater / demister at the helm position allowing air to be blown
directly on the helmsman. In additional at the helm is a control to regulate
heat from the blower selecting hot or cold. When cold is selected low level
intakes draw cold air from the cabin allowing the helmsman to have a direct flow
of air conditioned air on him in summer when the air conditioning is in use.
The main cabins inboard external railing has been wrapped in black nylon twine
to improve grip and reduce slipperiness of the rail for pilot safety.
left, twine wrapped railing, right bow access bow railing design.
Turnstone features the incorporation of stainless steel hinged guards on the trim tabs hull recess preventing floating flotsam, which is a problem in the River Mersey, from becoming lodged in the recess jamming and damaging the trim plates / hydraulic cylinder.
left trim tab guards, right new larger rudder design.
recently commissioned our own series of custom rudder designs from Clements
Engineering, these new larger rudder design cast in in N.A.B. with a more
streamlined profile significantly improving handling, directional stability in
rough weather and reduced turning circle. Hypro Marine supplied a powerful
power steering system, now with hydraulic power provided via an engine mounted
170cc pump. This, combined with the larger rudders provides much faster steering
response, with light steering effort and only 4 turns lock to lock. Also
maintenance costs are much reduced as there are no bushes to wear out as in the
electro hydraulic system.