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Safehaven Marine To Build Third Pilot Vessel for Port of Cork

2nd February 2023
New vessel - Executives from the Port of Cork and Safehaven Marine at the announcement that the Port company has ordered a new pilot vessel from the Youghal boat builders
Pictured at the signing of contracts between the Port of Cork Company and Safehaven Marine for the commission of a new state-of-the-art pilot launch are Aidan Fleming, pilot with the Port of Cork Company, Frank Kowalski, Managing Director of Safehaven Marine, Eoin McGettigan, Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Cork Company and Mark Moran, pilot with the Port of Cork Company. The new vessel will be built in Cork and will be delivered by March 2024. Credit: Cathal Noonan

The Port of Cork company has ordered a new pilot vessel from boat builders, Safehaven Marine based in Youghal.

The new vessel is expected to be delivered in March 2024, and will be both designed and manufactured in Co Cork by the company.

Safehaven Marine also built the port’s current vessels, Glean Mór (2005) and Fáilte (2011).

The new “all-weather capable” pilot vessel will be more economical than its predecessors and will be powered by modern, highly efficient engines that reduce fuel usage, the Port of Cork company says.

It will be capable of operating on hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO), a type of biofuel that reduces emissions.

“The new pilot launch will have the latest technology that improves performance, economy and functionality - helping in turn to ensure the safety of our pilots and crew who often face inhospitable marine conditions as part of their daily routine,” Port of Cork company chief executive Eoin McGettigan said.

“We are also proud to be continuing our commitment to investing in more sustainable and economical equipment as part of our journey to a net zero future,”he said.

Safehaven Marine managing director Frank Kowalski recalled that his company first signed a contract with the Port of Cork for the Glean Mór in 2005.

He said it was the first pilot boat that the company ever built, having specialised in work boats previously.

“Today, some 18 years later, Safehaven is delighted to have signed contracts again with the Port of Cork to build a third pilot boat for the port, which will be our 60th pilot boat delivered globally,” he said.

The new pilot launch will have an overall length of 15 metres, and will accommodate seven pilots and crew during pilotage operations at a speed of 25kts.

It will be fitted with the latest navigation equipment and finished to the highest standards, ensuring the crew and pilot's comfort and safety, the company said.

Safehaven Marine was established in 1998 and currently employs 30 staff. The company has built over 150 commercial vessels, operating in over 30 different countries worldwide.

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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