The new 48 foot Pilot Vessel ‘Failte’, launched today ( June 27th 2012) in Youghal. The vessel was built for the Port of Cork by Safehaven Marine Ltd at their facility in Foxhole. Also presently being built are pilot vessels for export to Yemen, Algeciras in Spain and Port of Liverpool, UK.
We have now launched the ‘Failte’ the Port of Corks new pilot vessel an Interceptor 48 Pilot. This was a special launch for us as this is our local Port, and having built the ports last new pilot vessel, the Gleann Mor, an Interceptor 42 pilot delivered over six years ago, we have built up a great relationship with all the crew and pilots at the port, and are delighted to be, once again six years latter launch their new pilot vessel. The Interceptor 48 is very closely modelled on their previous Interceptor 42 pilot which has worked so well, especially in the rough conditions the Port can experience.
The ‘Failte’ is powered by twin Volvo D13 550hp engines, and provide her with an operational speed of 26kts, on sea trials she proved exceptionally quiet with only 75db being recorded at maximum speed.
The vessel has seating for 4 pilots and 2 crew on Grammer Actimo air suspension seats in the main cabin and further seating area for up to 4 passengers in her spacious forward cabin. The cabin is fitted out to a very high standard featuring a teak & holy cabin sole, warm wood laminates and dark grey sidelining throughout, these refinements, coupled with the Interceptors soft riding hull provides the crew and pilots with very comfortable and relaxed transits.
The vessel incorporates throughout, a depth of carefully considered and highly specified engineering, incorporating the latest refinements Safehaven have developed for their pilot boats over the last 6 years, including among others their own transom mounted MOB recovery platform that can quickly and efficiently recover a casualty from the water safely, even in rough conditions. Her central helm position offers panoramic vision all round and above, and offers one of the best helming positions around, totally focused on providing the operator with the maximum comfort and control of the vessel, especially during the often challenging conditions a pilot vessel operates in. Double glazed front windows, Exalto 5 speed wipers with hot water screen washers ensure total visibility in poor conditions. Raymarine C120 & C140 displays for radar and plotter are integrated into her ‘wrap around’ helm console, easily viewed and controlled by the helmsman.
Designed for all weathers she has large rudders and coupled with a powerful Hypro Marine power steering system means she is exceptional maneuverable with quick, light steering of just 4 turns lock to lock meaning she can ‘turn on a sixpence’.
All who have viewed her agree she is a very graceful vessel with pleasing, modern lines and we look forward to seeing her in service at our home port soon.
Click on videos below to see the ‘Failte’ pilot boat undergoing boarding trials alongside Saga Saphire and 98m cargo carrier