ĎBaia de Setubalí A new Interceptor 38 pilot boat for the Port of Setubal, from Safehaven Marine.


Safehaven Marine based in Ireland have just launched a new pilot boat destined for the Port of Setubal in Portugalí ĎBai de Setubalí is one of Safehavenís Interceptor 38 pilot vessels, at 11.7m LOA it is economical to operate, yet capable of dealing with rough Atlantic conditions, with the Port of Setubal being exposed to the Bay of Biscay they often experience large seas during the winter months and as such require their pilot vessel to posses good seakeeping abilities, and with seven pilot vessels so far delivered to Portuguese territories Safehavenís reputation made them the first choice. Bai de Setubal is powered by Volvo D9 425hp engines and ZF V drive gearboxes through conventional sterngear providing her with a 24kts operational speed, she has a capacity for 5 pilots and crew in her main cabin, all on CAB suspension seating with her helm position being centrally positioned to allow excellent control and visibility to the coxswain during both port and st/bd boardingís. The Interceptor design features a central cabin configuration allowing a useful aft deck area and a clear wide pilot boarding area f/wd.

Below decks the design also features a spacious f/wd cabin which can accommodate an additional four passengers when required. The hull is heavily fendered all round with a combination of main gunwale, diagonals and a lower run as well as also employing Safehavenís own special sacrificial boarding fender providing additional protection at the shoulders.  High and low level pilot boarding railings as well as a Hadrian safety rail ensure safety on deck. MOB recovery is via a combination of swing out davit on the superstructure amidships and a Jasonís Cradle recovery system deployed over the side. Fitted with a full array of navigation equipment based around Raymarines HD C127 series displays with Radar, GPS plotter and sounder, Comer AIS, Furuno Deck communication and Sailor VHF radios, the main cabin is fitted out to a high standard to ensure a comfortable environment for her crew and pilots during transits. The vessel was built under hull survey with BV and certified through the Portuguese maritime authorities and entered service in September at Setubal.

See an Ariel video of her on sea trials on Youtube-   See the video

Principle Dimensions / particulars


L.O.A.                   (Length overall)


L.W.L.                  (Length along waterline)


Length moulded   (GRP hull only)


Beam Moulded     (GRP only ex fender)


Beam overall        (Including fenders)


Hull Depth            (Highest point of deck to at bow to lowest 

                             point of hell, ex keel)                 


Draft                     (Depth of hull below waterline)


Displacement                                                           Lightship


                                                                          Fully loaded


Fuel capacity

1500 litres

Water capacity

100 litres

Crew capacity

5 persons


Volvo D9 425hp




4 x separate watertight compartments

Crew capacity

1-2 crew plus 3- 4 pilots








BV / Portuguese Maritime Authority

Design standards

Lloyds SSC rules- Pilot area G3

Safehaven Marine. Ashgrove, Cobh, Co Cork Ireland. www.safehavenmarine.com e mail- info@safehavenmarine.com