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Built by Safehaven Marine, 'SOLAS' is a cutting-edge 'Interceptor 48' model, measuring 15 meters in length and capable of accommodating seven pilots and crew members
The Port of Cork Company proudly announced the official arrival and unveiling of its new state-of-the-art pilot boat, 'SOLAS'. The vessel, a symbol of the port's commitment to safety, innovation, and sustainability, was introduced in a special ceremony at the…
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
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…
Still from drone footage of Ederra 7 taking on the swell off Roches Point during recent gales
Cork’s Safehaven Marine have just launched a new Interceptor 48 pilot boat as the second of a two-boat contract with the MVD Pilots Association in Montevideo, Uruguay. Ederra 7 follows Ederra 6 which was delivered to Uruguay this past July. The…
File image of sea trials for an Interceptor 48 pilot boat from Safehaven Marine
Safehaven Marine says it has signed contracts with P&O Maritime Logistics for an Interceptor 48 — its fifth pilot boat for the company. “It’s always great to have a repeat order, especially a fifth as it’s a fine testimony to…
Balblair alongside sister pilot boat Dalmore at the Port of Cromarty Firth
Safehaven Marine’s latest deliveries this month include a second pilot boat for Scotland’s Port of Cromarty Firth and a specialised vessel for port operations in Southampton. Williams Shipping have taken delivery of an Interceptor 48 for crew transfer operations and pilot…
Celso Madeira is Safehaven Marine’s 49th pilot boat and the 26th of the Interceptor 48 model
Safehaven Marine’s 49th pilot boat is headed to Portugal this month following the completion of winter sea trials. Celso Madeira has been commissioned for pilotage operations at the Port of Sines, south of Lisbon. Powered by a pair of Volvo…
Pictured at the Dunmore East pontoon taking delivery of the new Port of Waterford pilot boat, the ‘Port Láirge’, are from left; Captain Darren Doyle Port of Waterford, Joefy Murphy from Dunmore East, John Glody from Dunmore East and Sean Whitty from Passage East
Boatbuilder Frank Kowalski of Safehaven Marine Ltd in Youghal, Co Cork, could certainly give the makers of Deadliest Catch a run for their money with his cool videos set to stirring musical scores. One of his latest is of sea…
Port Láirge, the Port of Waterford’s new pilot vessel, was delivered today by Safehaven Marine
Earlier today (Friday 19 November) the Port of Waterford received its new pilot vessel from Cork’s Safehaven Marine. As previously reported on, the port invested some €1 million in the 15m Interceptor 48 named Port Láirge, the Irish for…
Thunder Child II encounters an iceberg off Greenland
Continuing their Arctic adventures, the crew of Safehaven Marine’s Thunder Child II followed Saturday’s 200nm cruise from Reykjavik to Ísafjörður in Iceland’s far north-west with a 400nm crossing of the Denmark Strait to East Greenland. “We managed to get some 30nm…
Thunder Child II at Vestmannaeyjar in Iceland
Safehaven Marine reports that Thunder Child II and crew have successfully achieved their world record attempt from Ireland to Iceland. The XSV20’s sub-32-hour time over the 1,500km from Killybegs to Reykjavík is pending ratification by UIM but is already vindication…
Thunder Child II at Fastnet Rock
Safehaven Marine’s Frank Kowalski and the crew of Thunder Child II are setting off in the early hours tomorrow morning (Thursday 8 July) for their attempt to set a new speed record from Ireland to Iceland. “It’s always a bit…
The new Barracuda SV125 is put through its paces during stormy weather off Cork in May 2021
Safehaven Marine has released video of sea trials during a recent unseasonal storm which produced some pretty rough conditions at the entrance to Cork Harbour. The Cork-based performance boatbuilders managed to capture some impressive footage of Thunder Child II and…
Svitzer’s Oued Martil gets put through its paces in rough weather trials
Safehaven Marine has shared video of sea trials for its latest Interceptor 48 pilot boat Oued Martil. The clip gets up close with the rough weather the boat is designed to handle with ease, including on-board 360-degree camera footage going…
The Safehaven Marine built Interceptor 48 Pilot Boat ”Failte”
Safehaven Marine captured footage (below) of the Port of Cork Pilots in their Safehaven Built Interceptor 48 Pilot Boat ”Failte” undertaking pilot transfers off Cork Harbour during the recent days of strong south-easterly gales. Roches Point lighthouse recorded 50 knots…
Artist’s impression of the new pilot boat for the Port if Waterford
The Port of Waterford is to invest almost €1 million in a new pilot boat from Safehaven Marine. Due to come unto use in September 2021, the pilot boat will be named Port Láirge, the Irish for Waterford and a…
‘Practicos Coruna Ochno’ built in Cork for Northern Spain duty
Specialist Pilot boat builders Safehaven Marine of Cork, have launched a new Interceptor 48 pilot boat for the Port of Coruna in Northern Spain. ‘Practicos Coruna Ochno’ is powered by a pair of Volvo D13 500hp continuously rated engines and…

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