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Safehaven Marine have just launched the third of  four of their Wildcat 40 catamaran's for the Polish Navy, after successfully wining the international tender in 2013. The flast vessels will be supplied in Nov 2014. Based on Safehaven's MKII version of their renowned and proven 12m 'high bow buoyancy' symmetrical hull catamaran design. The MKII version features 200mm deeper hulls giving increased bridge deck clearance and load carrying capacity and a new flat bow design providing a larger foredeck and allowing boarding to be carried out at the bow. The vessels are equipped for hydrograhic survey duties in the Baltic sea, and are fitted with multi-beam sonar equipment deployed through a moon pool in the bridge, deck using Safehaven's in house developed hydraulic deployment system. The vessels are powered by Iveco 300hp engines and ZF gearboxes driving conventional sterngear. The vessel has a 4 day autonomy and is fitted with 1560 liters fuel capacity, water and black water waste tank with pump out facilities.


A Paguro 14kw generator provides AC power onboard and twin hydraulic bow thrusters enhance maneuverability. The internal arrangement provides live aboard facilities for a crew of four to operate the vessel on extended surveys of up to 4 days in duration, in comfortable air conditioned and heated accommodation which has the sleeping areas comprising 4 berths in three separate cabins all insulated against cold. Featuring a central helm position and st/bd navigators position both fitted with CAB 500 series suspension seats, a dinette seating area for 4-5 with a table between, Full galley with microwave, 240v hob, fridge and sink with a hot and cold pressurized water system. A separate heads compartment with integrated shower facilities, hanging lockers for crew uniforms and multiple storage lockers throughout.


The vessel is fitted with the following hydrographic and research equipment operated from a dedicated work area twin operative seats incorporating with 19" displays, computer racks with UPS AC backup power.

Dedicated hydrographic equipment:

Simrad EA 400                 

Kongsberg Maritime EM 20                    

VideoRay Pro4                   

EdgeTech 4125;                    

Kongsberg MS1000                    

 Sound velocity sensor- SVP Plus                    

 Marine Magnetics SeaSpy2                 

Easytrack Nexus (Applied Acoustic).  

Other onboard equipment comprises twin capstans and anchoring gear, one on each bow, an overboard launching life raft deployment cradle on the roof fitted with an 8 man life raft. Storage racks and cages on the aft deck and cabin roof for hydrographic cable drums and equipment boxes. 


Navigation equipment comprises:

Raymarine C127 12" display for her 48n/m HD radar and GPS plotter. 

Raymarine depth sounder

Garmin rudder angle indicator

Furuno deck communication

Raymaring fixed and hand held VHF's

Forward and aft CCTV cameras


The vessels interior fit out is to a very high standard, providing her crew and two hydrographic survey equipment operatives a comfortable working environment. The Wildcat 40 provides a very stable platform for survey operations with her catamaran hull form providing very little rolling and enhancing the accuracy of data acquisition.

The vessel was built to the ICAS Classification society the Polish Register of shipping to their approved design and construction plans and under their survey

The survey catamaran is equipped with a HIAB 033T3 crane with a lift capacity of 520kg at 6m, an  'A' frame mounted at the transom used in conjunction with a Spencer Carter deck winch, to deploy & recover research equipment overboard at the transom through transom gates allowing clear unobstructed access overboard. Twin stainless steel dive platforms with GRP grating give access to the waterline and can be folded back against the transom if required.  Flush mounting strong points on the aft deck for the positioning of cable deployment drum reels on the aft deck forward of the transom and 12mm rubber matting for impact protection on the aft deck.


As well as a deeper hull depth the MKII Wildcat 40 provides a large flat foredeck providing a safe work area and the option of bow boarding capabilities when specified. 


Below Safehaven Marines 316 stainless steel hydraulically operated multi beam deployment system and moon pool, in its third model refinement provides a strong, vibration free mounting for transducer heads, accurately stabilizing the system through a unique system of upper and lower locking mechanisms for highly reliable data acquisition and allows the mounting of multiple transducers.

Below the transducer being lowered through the moon pool and in operation submerged.


The launch of MH1, the first vessel represents a significant milestone for the company, as it is the 100th vessel to be launched by Safehaven Marine since being founded over 16 years ago.


Length moulded   (GRP hull only)


L.O.A.                   (Length overall 'A' frame & dive platforms)


L.W.L.                  (Length along waterline)


Beam Moulded     (GRP only ex fender)


Beam overall        (Including fenders)


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

1,560 litres

Water capacity

200+ litres

Crew capacity

8 persons


8 x separate watertight compartments



Polish Register of Shipping

Design standards

Lloyds SSC rules area G2



Main engines

2x Iveco  N67 450 rated @ 300hp / 3000rpm

Maximum power output




Stern gear

38mm shaft, Duplex F51 S steel, Stern tube with cutlass bearing. 24" dia propeller. Nickel aluminium bronze Glass in 'p' bracket with cutlass bearing, Nickel aluminium bronze cast rudder with GRP tube,


Paguro 14kw 3000rpm


HIAB 033T3


Vetus hydraulic 95kgf

Deck Winch

Spencer Carter TITAN

  Design drawings