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Safehaven Marine has signed a deal with offshore support contractor Svitzer to provide two new Interceptor 48 pilot boats for operation at the new TM2 port terminal at Tangier in Morocco.

The two 15m vessels, due for delivery in October 2018, are to be ‘all-weather capable’ and as such are self-righting, with an operational speed of 25 knots and built to a very high specification with a fully climate controlled cabin enabling comfortable transits for 8 personnel, all on shock mitigation seating.

These vessels will be the 12th and 13th Interceptor 48s produced by the Cork Harbour-based extreme performance boatbuilder, which most recently launched an Interceptor 48 last November when the P&O Cypria entered service in Limassol.

Since then the company has seen the launch of a Barracuda pilot boat at Poole in the UK, and two new boats for Spain — an Interceptor 38, Calaneras, at Algeciras, and the Interceptor 42 Vigia for the port of Gijón which was put through its paces in rough weather trials last month.

Safehaven is also the designer and builder of Thunder Child, which started its high speed trials in May ahead of its round-Ireland record attempt this summer.

Published in Marine Trade

Safehaven Marine’s World Record Attempt vessel Thunder Child and her crew of six departed Galway Docks after a trial run up the West Coast of Ireland.

After months of testing, this 350 kilometer run from Cork to Galway along the Atlantic coast is Thunder Childs last long-range test before her record attempt later this summer – the Long Way Round Circumnavigation of Ireland via Rockall.

The crew, under skipper Frank Kowalski, averaged 42–kts. The crew stopped off at the Skelligs off County Kerry for an hour to get some photos (see above).

The new world record bid laster this Summer is being made in the XSV 17, Safehaven's new 60–kt high speed Interceptor. The ‘Long Way Round’ circumnavigation of Ireland via Rockall, will be a near 2,000km voyage including a 1,000km run out into the North Atlantic.

Thunder Child left Galway this morning to return to Cork and she has already been spotted by an reader off the Cliffs of Moher! 

Published in Powerboat Racing

#CorkHarbour - Safehaven Marine in Cork Harbour has shared some images from rough weather sea trials for its latest Interceptor 42 pilot boat.

Vigia, built for the port of Gijón in northern Spain, is the 13th of its model and the 34th overall pilot vessel delivered by the Cobh-based extreme-performance boatbuilder for ports around the world.

The Interceptor 42 is powered by a pair of Volvo D13 engines rated at 500hp and achieves an operational speed at MCR of 24.5 kntos.

Vigia is fitted with pilot boarding ladders, heavily fendered all round and incorporating Safehaven’s own sacrificial fender system, protecting the vessel at its boarding area and softening the inevitable hard impact that can occur in poor conditions.

Inside, a full suite of Funruno electronics are installed at the central helm position, with seating for four pilots on Grammer suspension seats.

See more from Vigia on the Safehaven Marine Facebook page HERE.

Published in Cork Harbour

Just arrived at Dun Laoghaire Marina is a Wildcat 60 multi purpose survey catamaran. The new vessel is the latest in the fleet for the Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI) based at Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

Cork based Safehaven Marine have delivered their Wildcat 60 / 18.5m to the national geological agency for the undertaking of both offshore and shallow water coastal surveys.

Christened ‘Mallet’ the Wildcat 60 is fitted out to undertake multi beam sonar surveys, and is capable of deploying a range of sonar’s through a moon pool in her bridge deck equipped with a hydraulic deployment system. Powered by a pair of Volvo D16 750hp engines she has a 25kts operational speed and 400nm range. Her spacious aft deck is also equipped with a knuckle boom crane, an ‘A’ frame capable of deploying equipment astern through transom gates, a 1,000kg capacity deck winch and she will be capable of RIB deployment. A crew capacity of six to eight personnel are comfortably accommodated in her dual level superstructure incorporating a raided helm position providing excellent all round visibility.

The design also provides full live aboard capabilities with sleeping facilities provided in four below deck cabins. Safehaven’s Wildcat 60 has all weather operational capabilities, reassuring when operating on the exposed Atlantic coast of Ireland.

GSI contributes to environmental protection by providing decision-makers with best available geological information from up-to-date national geological databases.

wild cat 60Mallet operating in heavy surf, proving her seakeeping abilities. Photo: Frank Kowalski

Having completed in large the mapping of the deep water Atlantic seaboard off the coast of Ireland GSI is now focusing on inshore coastal waters of Ireland and hence the requirement for a new survey vessel capable of undertaking both offshore and shallow water coastal surveys.

Published in Dublin Bay

#ThunderChild - Storm Doris’s high winds on Thursday (2 February) made the perfect conditions for testing Safehaven Marine’s latest state-of-the-art naval patrol vessel in Cork Harbour, as the Irish Examiner reports.

Test pilot Ciaran Monks was at the helm of Thunder Child amid 50-knot winds and six-metre waves in what crew member Mary Power said were “by far the roughest conditions she’s encountered since her launch before Christmas”.

As previously reported on, Thunder Child was launched for tests in December in preparation for an attempt to break the record for the fastest circumnavigation of Ireland — with an open-sea loop via Rockall to boot.

The Irish Examiner has more on the story HERE.

Published in Cork Harbour

#ThunderChild - Stormy winter seas made the perfect proving ground for a new state-of-the-art naval patrol and rescue vessel tested in Cork Harbour recently, as the Irish Examiner reports.

But it’s just the beginning for Thunder Child – the latest high-tech design from Cork-based Safehaven Marine, makers of the James Bond-style Interceptor, Barracuda – which was launched from the Port of Cork last month.

Safehaven’s managing director Frank Kowalski has his sights set on breaking the record for the fastest circumnavigation of Ireland — including a 1,000km open-sea loop around Rockall.

And considering the sleek wave-cutting vessel has already clocked speeds of over 100kph in testing, and is kitted out to handle the stormiest situations, it should be well up to the task of that challenging route.

The Irish Examiner has more on the story HERE.

Published in Cork Harbour

#safehaven – Now here's is a harbour-hog deterrent to absolutely Die Another Day for. reported on the The Bond-style interceptor earlier this month, the brand new design boasts a 40-plus knot top speed, stealthy low-radar profile, nightvision cameras, ballistic crew protection and even a remotely controlled machine gun that pops up from below deck.

Above is the latest promotional video of Barracuda, an 11-13m, high speed low RCS Interceptor / patrol vessel built in Cork.

But rather being the brainchild of MI6's gadget quartermaster, the Barracuda is the latest design from Cobh-based pilot boat specialists Safehaven.

Following a year and a half of design development and building work at its hi-tech manufacturing facility in East Cork, Cobh-based Safehaven Marine has unveiled the prototype of its latest design. And she's as mean as she looks!

Published in Cork Harbour

#safehaven –A €1m-plus stealth style Irish built military vessel is creating waves along the Cork coast. 'Barracuda' is a new high speed Interceptor/Patrol vessel for military and law enforcement applications designed and built by Cork Harbour's Safehaven Marine.

Following a year and a half of design development and building work at its hi-tech manufacturing facility in East Cork, Cobh-based Safehaven Marine has unveiled the prototype of its latest design. And she's as mean as she looks!

Safehaven Marine is one of the world's top manufacturers of pilot boats and rescue vessels, and now the company hopes to use this new design to branch in to the world's military market.

The vessel can be produced at lengths of between 11 – 13m. Typical operational roles include patrol and surveillance duties around harbour installations and offshore anchorages, as well as high speed pursuit and apprehend when required. An array of both lethal and non lethal weapons can be carried concealed below decks in a separate compartment in the forward cabin, and raised when required. The vessel can be deployed by helicopter utilising its in-built lifting points on deck and at its 11m length, transported easily by ship or road.

Propulsion on the 11m version featured here is by conventional stern gear supplied by Clements Engineering and chosen for its weight carrying capabilities and durability, alternatively water jets can be fitted for higher speeds and low draft. Capable of maximum speeds of 40kts+ depending on the propulsion system and equipment installed, 'Barracuda' is fitted with a pair of Caterpillar C9 diesel engines rated at 560hp supplied by Finnings UK.

The innovative design of the vessel utilises various stealth technology's to produce a lower RCS (radar cross section), allowing it to operate with reduced degree of visibility to an adversary's radar. The design uses an innovative solution to weapon deployment. Various different types of both lethal and non-lethal weapons, including a remote control gyroscopically stabilised machine gun can be fitted to Barracuda. (A non functioning replica is fitted to the prototype featured here for demonstration purposes) In Barracuda the weapons are cleverly concealed below decks in the f/wd section of the superstructure, and are raised up to above deck level for deployment through large watertight carbon fibre hatches built into the f/wd cabins roof section. In this way when the vessel is in engaged in surveillance or patrol, the weapons are concealed and the vessels RCS signature is reduced. When the vessel is engaged in pursuit or apprehend modes, the weapons are raised for deployment.


Airborne – Barracuda is powered by twin 560hp Caterpillars giving her lift off at a top speed of 38–knots for this Cork Harbour photo shoot

Another advantage being that the weapons are hidden when not in use for security, durability and covert reasons, as well as greatly reducing the vessels VCG when beneficial, such as in heavy weather. The superstructure and hull design utilises flat plane principles to its surfaces in its f/wd and side projections to deflect radar beams away from source, which together with specialized construction and outfitting, which include minimal metallic fittings exposed above decks, or where necessary being fully recessed. All of which combine to produce a vessel with a significantly lower than normal RCS.

The design however does not compromise on practicality or usability and provides for a high level of crew safety (wide side decks) for offshore boarding capabilities.

The vessel is constructed from advanced lightweight FRP cored composites, with extensive use of carbon fibre in its outfitting. Substantial in size yet lightweight Manuplas foam cored fenders with a polyurethane skin are used to minimise weight and offer maximum protection to the hull. The vessel can be moulded at lengths between 11m and 13m, and has a 4m beam, longer length versions benefit from a longer aft cockpit providing an increased working / crew area. The hull design below the waterline is an all new constant deadrise, twin chine deep V hull form capable of high speeds. A 22 degree deadrise at the transom and a wave piercing bow form, with a very fine wave cutting waterline entry at the bow of 70 degrees, which very effectively minimizes vertical accelerations at speed in waves, thereby maximising crew endurance. The hull provides exceptionally high levels of seakeeping abilities on all course, very much as one would expect from a builder renowned for its highly seaworthy pilot and S.A.R. vessels. The hull's special spray rail and twin chine arrangements provides for excellent spray suppression and on deck dryness, and her wide beam provides high levels of dynamic and static stability.


Not out of place in a James Bond film. This totally new hull has a constant deadrise Deep V with a wave piercing bow. Safehaven marine say they are just exploring its sea keeping abilities, but early reports say 'fantastic so far'! There is a really soft ride into a sea (see below) and good down wind in following seas even with such a fine bow

The design is capable of operating in up to sea state 7-8, and maintain operational speed in sea state 4-5, and can accommodate a crew of 4-6 in her main cabin, all on high tech shock mitigation seating supplied by X Craft, Holland.

As well as a full array of navigation equipment, a range of sonar equipment can be installed to monitor the underwater situation. FLIR Thermal and night vision infrared cameras are integrated for surveillance. A full digital Can Buss electrical system supplied by ETA has been integrated with all onboard systems controlled by touch screen computers at the helm and navigators positions, and expandable to potentially allow all crew members the ability to monitor and control the vessels navigation and onboard systems. Optionally ballistic protection can be incorporated to provide protection to the crew compartment utilizing lightweight composite ballistic panels. The front and side glass is ballistic and is directly bonded into moulded recesses without metallic frames. Barracuda will be produced alongside Safehaven's highly successful existing range of pilot, SAR vessels and patrol boats.


Big seas. Big test. 'Barracuda' during rough weather sea trials taking a pretty large breaking wave. Designed to have high levels of seakeeping and, depending on specification, she can be self righting as is the prototype here.  Barracuda is 11m  length overall. The top of the mast is 4.2m above the waterline so.... is this a 6m wave?...


....Yep..... it sure is..... pass the sickbag please!

Published in News Update

#Search&Rescue - Surfers haven't been the only ones benefitting from the recent stormy weather, as RTÉ News reports on a Cork-based boat builder that's been testing its top models in the wild Atlantic swell.

Youghal-based search-and-rescue (SAR) and pilot boat builder Safehaven Marine took its SAR vessels based at Roche's Point in Cork Harbour to the limit during sea trials earlier this week. Click HERE to see video of the sea trials in action

It follows similar trials of the company's pilot boat Interceptor 48 late last month as conditions turned for the worse off the Cork coast.

In waves reaching heights of 20 metres and winds breaking the 100km/h mark, the boats were tested in the extreme this week, but it was more than necessary for the hard work they'll be put through in service.

RTÉ News has more on the story HERE.

Published in Rescue

#storm – December storms provided Cork harbour boatbuilder Safehaven Marine with the perfect test bed for sea keeping trials with winds of Force 12 and near 30ft waves off the coast of Cork Harbour. On test was Safehaven's Interceptor 48, a self-righting pilot/ Search and Rescue vessel.

Almost the ultimate conditions prevailed for the test, storm force winds of a sustained duration and fetch creating mountainous seas nearly 30ft high, a strong ebb tide running out against the waves creating a maelstrom of steep breaking waves over the harbour rock at the entrance to Cork Harbour, all combined with perfect visibility.

Safehaven Managing director Frank Kowalski told Afloat, 'I think this video portrays the immense power and danger of the sea'. It certainly does and it also shows the seakeeping abilities of Safehaven's Interceptor pilot and rescue designs.

Published in Cork Harbour
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