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New restrictions prompted by Covid-19 require new ways of working for Irish businesses, and until the most recent measures announced by the Government, Safehaven Marine in Cork was among those rising to the challenge.

The performance boatbuilder spread out its production over two large factories, with staff divided into split morning and evening shifts, so that physical distancing was maintained as work continued.

Other measures included limiting staff to no more than three inside a boat at any one time, split meal breaks to rule out social grouping, and regular and rigorous disinfection of more highly trafficked areas on the workshop floor, as well as daily temperature readings for all staff.

“Everybody’s positive and banding together supporting each other’s efforts in making Safehaven Marine a little safe haven,” said the company in a recent social media post. “What a great workforce we have. Hopefully we’ll get through it OK.”

Safehaven also recently bade farewell to two pilot boat commissions on their respective journeys to Berbera in Somaliland, and San Juan in Puerto Rico.

The latter Interceptor 48 was featured by Safehaven Marine two months ago after undergoing sea trials alongside Thunder Child II off a stormy Cork coast.

Update Tuesday 7 April: An earlier version of this story inferred incorrectly that work was continuing at Safehaven Marine after the most recent extension of Covid-19 restrictions. Afloat.ie would like to make clear that Safehaven Marine is of the understanding that it is not an essential business and has since paused its workshop operations in the interest of employee and public safety.

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Safehaven Marine’s pilot boat for Puerto Rico has undergone sea trials off the Cork coast ahead of delivery — and Thunder Child II was with it in the swell to capture the action (also caught from above by drone — see video below).

Commissioned in late 2018, the Interceptor 48 is the 41st pilot vessel (and 17th in its line) produced by the Cork Harbour firm, which builds its boats in Youghal.

Thunder Child II was put through its own paces last month during Storm Brendan as its prepped for a new west-east transatlantic record attempt later this year.

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Safehaven Marine put Thunder Child II to the test against the might of Storm Brendan yesterday — showing just how well the wave-piercing powerboat can handle the roughest elements at sea.

Sea trials for the XSV20 design began a year ago but had taken a backseat to the successful Cork boatbuilder’s commissions for port and harbour vessels — an enviable situation which nevertheless saw the planned North Atlantic Challenge that had been scheduled for last summer moved to this year.

Thunder Child II has been developed in mind of setting a new west-east transatlantic world record, and a proposed route has been plotted from St John’s in Newfoundland, via Greenland and Iceland, to Killybegs on Ireland’s West Coast.

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Safehaven Marine have delivered an Interceptor 48 pilot boat to Fonnes Batservice of Norway.

As Afloat previously reported when the order was placed over a year ago, the new Pilot boat is Safehaven’s 41st pilot boat delivered and the 16th Interceptor 48 pilot. To comply with Norwegian regulations she features a new wheelhouse design featuring forward angled front windows and increased accommodation space in her main cabin.

Powered by a pair of Scania DI13 500hp rating 1 engines she had a max speed of 26kts on trials. Also fitted with Twin Discs Quickshift gearboxes and dynamic manoeuvring system working in conjunction with a powerful hydraulic bow thruster. As crew transfer, as well as pilotage, is part of her operational role she has seating for 9 persons in her main cabin and full live aboard facilities in a spacious forward accommodation area.

‘Maskulin’ arrived safely in Norway Sunday evening 1st December at 7 pm completing his 850nm delivery voyage in just 48hrs after departing Cork at 7 pm Friday evening. New owner and skipper Tommy Fonnes made amazing time, stopping for refuelling on the North East coast of Ireland, NorthWest Coast of Scotland and the Shetland Islands, and even though he had to contend with gale conditions and 3-4m seas Sunday in the North sea crossing, he was able to maintain a 23-knots cruise speed, and using just 65L/hr each engine ‘Maskulin’ proved to be very economical.

Interceptor 48The Interceptor 48 delivery crew with new owner Tommy Fonnes (left) and Safehaven CEO Frank Kowalski (second left)

Whilst in Ireland and in preparation for his wintertime delivery voyage with commitments necessitating no departure delay and anticipating some inevitable heavy weather on route in the North Sea, we thoroughly tested her together in a winter storm that hit Southern Ireland where she proved to have excellent seakeeping in the 6m seas and 45kts wind the storm delivered, as seen in the accompanying photos, with Tommy at the helm himself commenting afterwards “Maskulin’s handling and seakeeping during the trials was fantastic, I am really delighted with her, Safehaven Marine did a great job building her, just as they did with my wildcat 53 ‘Feminin’ which has been perfect during the last 5 years for me”.
Maskulin is also fitted with a Humphree full interceptor stabilisation system, which proved excellent in reducing roll and pitching and proved itself on the delivery voyage. 

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Safehaven Marine has shared a video of the recent delivery of its latest XSV20, named Safehaven, to its owner Jack Setton from Cork to Sardinia.

Safehaven was commissioned by and built for Jack Setton, a well-known name in the superyacht world. The original owner of, among others, the 194ft expedition superyacht Senses was “intimately involved” with Safehaven’s design and specification during construction.

The hybrid design, which fuses an asymmetrical catamaran with a wave-piercing monohull, incorporates a Hysucraft hydrofoil system for efficiency at high speeds, and is powered by a pair of Caterpillar C18 1,150hp engines through ZF 500 gearboxes with propulsion by Marine Jet Power Hybrid 350 water jets.

During sea trials in August, Safehaven achieved a very impressive (considering the 23m length) maximum speed of 45kts. Long range fuel tanks provide extended offshore voyage capabilities and a 500 nautical mile range.

Safehaven is also fitted out to a very high standard with a clean, minimalistic but luxurious interior design incorporating three separate below-deck forward sleeping cabins and a spacious main cabin incorporating SHOXS military spec shock mitigation seating for the ‘driving area’ and a full concealed galley and comfortable dinette set in the living area.

XSV20 Safehaven 2 interior

Twin Dometic 27,000btu air conditioning units powered by an 18kw AC generator ensure cabins are kept cool in hot climates. A flybridge provides a second commanding helm position and there is also carries a crane-launched 4m RIB on a large dive platform. A spacious aft deck also incorporates seating areas converting to loungers and a large sun bed.

XSV20 Safehaven 4 Sardinia

Safehaven sailed from East Ferry Marina in Cork Harbour on the morning of Sunday 15 September to begin the 2,500nm delivery voyage to Sardinia in Italy, which Safehaven Marine MD Frank Kowalski recounts in detail HERE.

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Safehaven Marine have shared new video from rough weather sea trials for its latest pilot boat, Dalmore, as well as its new XSV20 named Safehaven.

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Dalmore is an Interceptor 48 — the 15th of this model, and 40th pilot boat overall for Safehaven Marine — commissioned by the Port of Cromarty Firth in Scotland.

Also on trial was the Cork-based extreme performance boatbuilder’s latest XSV20, which is soon to take up residence in the Bay of Biscay.

Safehaven follows Thunder Child II, the next generation of the piercing monohull class that will now see its world record Transatlantic attempt take place in summer 2020 — thanks in part to the busy business’ full order book this year.

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Safehaven Marine’s latest Interceptor 48 launch is ‘Dalmore’, built for the Port of Cromarty Firth in Scotland.

Powered by a pair of Volvo D13 500hp engines, the pilot boat has an operational speed of 25 knots and accommodates seven crew and pilots.

Dalmore is due for delivery by sea from Cork to Cromarty, north of Inverness, via the Caledonian Canal within the next few weeks.

The new vessel will mark Safehaven’s 40th pilot boat delivery, and the 15th of the successful Interceptor 48 model, “proving how well respected the design is within the industry, with another four on order”.

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Bord Iascaigh Mhara has acquired a new inshore survey vessel for monitoring the state of mussel bed stocks on the south-west and east Irish coastlines.

The 12m-long survey vessel, named T Burke II, was built by Cork company Safehaven Marine.

The Wildcat 40 vessel is one of 19 built by Safehaven and in service worldwide, and has a maximum speed of 26 knots and 18 knots operational speed. It is fitted with crane gear to deploy sonar equipment and a bottom sampling dredge.

Safehaven Marine says its seakeeping abilities were demonstrated during rough weather trials off the south coast in 50-knot winds and five-metre seas during Storm Gareth.

It will be deployed by BIM in Dingle Bay, Co Kerry, and on the east coast from Wexford’s Carnsore Point to Carlingford, Co Louth.

The Irish mussel industry was valued at 11.7 million euro to the economy in 2018, and almost 14,000 tonnes of mussels were produced in Ireland last year.

Bottom grown mussels made up 4,800 tonnes of that total.

The sector has had Marine Stewardship Council accreditation – the “gold standard” for sustainable fisheries – since 2013. The bottom grown mussel industry is almost “entirely export-led”, according to BIM, and employs almost 200 people, directly and indirectly.

Its potential was highlighted during the recent Supreme Court action by four mussel fishermen over the “voisinage” agreement north and south of the border.

The T Burke II was launched by Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine Michael Creed in Kinsale, Co Cork on Monday morning with Olivia Moylan Burke.

Ms Burke is the wife of the late Dr Tomás Burke, formerly technical officer with BIM, after whom the boat is named.

Speaking at the launch, Mr Creed said that the surveys conducted by the vessel would form “an integral part of the management of the seed mussel fishery, which has been awarded the prestigious MSC sustainability certification”.

This accreditation “opens up access for our Irish mussels into the very best markets in the EU and further afield”, Mr Creed said.

BIM chief executive Jim O’Toole said the surveys conducted by BIM’s technical officers would “provide invaluable data to help drive the growth of this important sector”, while also minimising its carbon footprint.

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Following delivery of their latest pilot boat for the Port of Leixoes in Portugal, the Cork Harbour performance boat specialsts at Safehaven Marine announced the signing of contracts with two Spanish ports.

The port of San Ciprian has contracted for an Interceptor 42 pilot vessel while the larger Port of Coruna to the south-west has commissioned an Interceptor 48 pilot. Both are to be delivered in mid 2020.

Safehaven Marine says its pilot craft have proven very popular in the Iberian Peninsula.

Once these latest commissions are delivered — and the ports of Gijon and Algeciras begin undertaking pilot transfers with their own Interceptors — Safehaven will have 14 pilot boats working in the peninsula.

Both new contracts were signed simultaneously after pilots from Coruna and San Ciprian were impressed by sea trials of the new Leixoes pilot, named Lada, on delivery last month.

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Safehaven Marine in Cork has unveiled its latest pilot boat for the Port of Leixoes in Portugal.

The Interceptor 48 will be put through sea trials over the next few weeks before delivery to the port north-west of Porto.

In the meantime, work continues on the new XSV20 powerboat design Thunder Child II for Safehaven managing director Frank Kowalski’s Atlantic speed record bid.

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