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Peel Ports, UK
Safehaven Marine, Ireland
17,600kg (full load)
2 x Volvo D12, 370kW
2 x Twin Disc 5114SC
Raymarine E 120
Marine Window Fabrication
8 x Grammer
Ireland-based Safehaven Marine has
launched the Port of Liverpool's latest
pilot boat, an Interceptor 48 called 'Skua'.
The vessel was ordered in 2010 and was
delivered in April on schedule. 'Skua' is
the second of Safehaven Marine's
Interceptor 48 pilot boats, the first of
which was delivered to the Port of
Bordeaux last year, and is the seventeenth
pilot boat built by Safehaven.
'Skua' is powered by twin Volvo D12
370kW engines and Twin Disc 5114SC
quick shift gearboxes, providing the vessel
with an operational speed of 24 knots. The
vessel is 14.5 metres LOA, with a 4.3-metre
beam and 18,000kg displacement.
She has seating capacity for seven pilots
and two crew. Five air suspension Grammer
pilot seats are fitted in the main cabin, with
a further two in the forward cabin, which is
fitted out with a full galley, four-person
dinette and a separate heads compartment.
'Skua' is very heavily fendered with 150
by 150mm D-section rubber main gunwale
fendering augmented with Safehaven's
own sacrificial shoulder fender system,
ensuring pilot boardings in rough
conditions are soft, with impacts well
cushioned and the main fender and hull
structure fully protected. Multiple
diagonals and a lower run further protect
the vessel, Additional fendering at the
rounded bow allow the vessel to be used for
occasional pushing duties, to assist pilots in
small ship manoeuvres.
MOB recovery is carried out by a
further refinement of Safehaven's transom
operated recovery platform, allowing an
injured pilot to be safely recovered from
the sea unconscious. Special stainless rear
view mirrors were developed by Safehaven
at the port's request and prove useful
during boarding manoeuvres. Electro
hydraulic trim flaps fully protected in
recess mounded under the transom provide
control over running trim allowing the
bow to be lowered for punching through
steep head seas.
Other vessels on order at Safehaven
Marine include four pilot boats for the Azores
as well as one each for Yemen and Malta, and
a windfarm support vessel for the UK.
For further information contact:
Safehaven Marine, Ireland.
PH: +353 86 805 4582,
PEE L PORTS
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