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Irish Boatbuilder Safehaven Set to Launch New UK Royal Navy Vessel

7th February 2018
At the Irish boatyard of Safehaven Marine, (Cobh) Cork is the officially named ‘HMS Magpie’ for the Royal Navy. Afloat adds the name given for the Wildcat 60 catamaran was announced in recent days by Admiral Sir Philip Jones, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff. At the Irish boatyard of Safehaven Marine, (Cobh) Cork is the officially named ‘HMS Magpie’ for the Royal Navy. Afloat adds the name given for the Wildcat 60 catamaran was announced in recent days by Admiral Sir Philip Jones, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff. Photo: Safehaven Marine - facebook

#Boatyard - On Irish shores in Cork a boat being built for the UK's Royal Navy reports the Evening Echo has been named and is only a few weeks away from being launched.

It was revealed in August that Cobh boat building company Safehaven Marine was awarded a contract to build the biggest vessel of a 38 strong fleet for the Royal Navy.

Afloat had previously referred to the survey Wildcat 60 Catamaran, which Safehaven managing director Frank Kowalski said is an “important contract, for the company has been named HMS Magpie and is awaiting module and final installations.

“Pleased to announce our new Motor Survey launch will be named HMS Magpie. The last HMS Magpie was commanded by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in Malta in the early 1950s. Great to revive such a special link to our Lord High Admiral”, the Royal Navy said.

For more on the story click here.

Afloat adds of another 'royal navy' connection in Cork Harbour took place recently. This involved a courtesy call by the Royal Netherlands Navy submarine HNLMS Walrus which called to the city's central quays last weekend. 

Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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About Safehaven Marine 

Safehaven Marine are designers and builders of FRP Pilot boats, Patrol boats, Crew transfer vessels, Hydrographic survey catamarans, Naval & Military craft and unique custom private motor yachts. All our vessels are built to the highest standards of strength & engineering and are renowned worldwide for their exceptional sea-keeping abilities, we set a new World long-range speed record in 2017 with our own vessel and crew. Established in 1996 we have built over 138 vessels supplied to 27 countries worldwide with over 40 pilot vessels in operation globally, and have become leaders in our field.

Based in Youghal, Co Cork Ireland, Safehaven manufacture our vessels from two modern factories, with all design work carried out in house, and built with our own experienced team of engineers, carpenters, electricians, shipwrights and laminators.

Always at the forefront of new technology and designs we continuously develop our range and push the frontiers of design: In 2020 we aim to set a UIM Transatlantic World record with our unique (patent applied for) new 22m high-speed vessel XSV20

Interceptor 42 pilot boat

The Pilot 42 model built by Safehaven Marine has been delivered to ports worldwide and has proved to be a superb sea boat performing admirably in pilotage operations with all owners extolling its virtues of seakeeping, strength and stability.

L.O.A. (Length overall) 13.2m

L.W.L. (Length along waterline) 11.5m

Length moulded (GRP hull only) 12.7

Beam Moulded (GRP only ex fender) 4.0m

Beam overall (Including fenders) 4.4m

Draft (Depth of hull below waterline) 1.35m

Displacement Lightship 14,500kg

Fully loaded 16,000kg

Fuel capacity 1600 litres

Water capacity 110 litres

Crew capacity 5 persons

Engines Volvo D9 425hp

Gearboxes ZF325

Subdivision 4 x separate watertight compartments

Crew capacity 1-2 crew plus 3- 4 pilots

Classification PRS

Speed 23.5kts fully loaded

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