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 165 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 controlled 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, her highly specified helm and navigators consoles, she is fitted out to a very high level offering a comfortable environment for her crew.

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-


Technical specification


Type of vessel                                     Search & Rescue boat

Owners                                               Faroe Islands rescue service

Builders                                              Safehaven Marine

LOA                                                   15m

Beam                                                  4.4m

Draft                                                   1.4m

Displacement Lightship                        18,800kg

Loaded                                                22,100kg

Construction material                            GRP

Engines                                               Volvo D11 600hp @ 2300rpm

Gearbox                                              IPS Drives

Generator                                            3.5kw Inverter charged by 4x

                                                          90amp alternators

Propellers                                            IPS drive contra rotating

Speed                                                 30kts                 

Range                                                 270nm @ 20kts

Fuel                                                    2,000 litres

Water                                                 110 litres

Heating                                                2x hot air blowers  

Navigation equipment 

Radar                                                  Raymarine E165 48n/m 4kw

Plotter                                                 Raymarine E165

Repeater                                             Raymarine E125

Sounder                                              DSM300

Autopilot                                             Raymarine

Annometer                                          Raymarine

Communication equipment

VHF                                                   Sailor RT6222 DSC

                                                          Sailor RT6248

SSB                                                   Sailor HF SSB

Search & rescue DF                            Rhotheta direction finder

Searchlight                                         Sansun remote control

Thermal camera                                  FLIR Raymarine gyroscopically stabilized RC

CCTV                                                 4 Zone

Seating capacity                                 5 Crew, 7 survivors                                              

Liferaft                                                RFD 12 persons x 2

Certification                                         Bureau Veritas