Home' Work Boat World : February 2010 Contents Ireland's Safehaven Marine has recently
launched 'Izurdia', an Interceptor 42 pilot
boat for the Port of Bayonne in France.
Bertrand Moutard of the Bayonne Pilots
Syndicate ordered his new pilot boat
shortly after Eric Geille from Saint Malo
Pilots took delivery of his Interceptor 42
pilot vessel from Safehaven in 2008.
'Izurdia' is very similar in specification to
the previously supplied pilot boat for Saint
Malo, but is powered by Volvo D12 engines
at 373kW. Working closely with Bayonne
Pilots, Safehaven has also incorporated some
unique changes to the design.
The vessel features a storage hold on the
port side of the superstructure incorporating
a Jason's cradle, which is stored in this
compartment, and quickly deployed over
the side and recovered via a winch / pulley
system on the cabin roof -- a good example
of how Safehaven works with its customers
to build unique, custom built vessels that
meet the owners specific needs.
Another feature of the vessel is its pilot
boarding ladders. Again Safehaven sought to
design a functional yet aesthetically pleasing
solution to maximise pilot safety during the
often-dangerous boarding procedures.
'Izurdia' is fitted out to the very
highest standards for pilot vessels. Cabins
are fully lined in vinyl and feature gloss
black laminates contrasting with etched
aluminium for a very contemporary design.
She features Gramer air suspension seating
for pilots and crew to provide a
comfortable ride, enhanced by very low
noise levels of only 78db.
'Izurdia' has an operational speed of 22
to 23 knots and is powered by twin Volvo
D12 engines with power transferred
through Twin Disc 5114SC gearboxes.
During sea trials, 'Izurdia's' exceptional
seakeeping was demonstrated with her
owner aboard in a Force 8 gale and
five-metre seas, from which the excellent
series of photographs accompanying this
article were taken.
Bertrand Moutard was very impressed
with the vessel, commenting that: "At
Bayonne, we have a dangerous bar where the
Atlantic swells can reach over ten metres in
height, and we needed a vessel with
exceptional seakeeping to safely navigate the
bar. This is why we chose an Interceptor."
Safehaven Marine has also recently
signed contracts to supply two of their
Interceptor 42 pilot boats to the Portuguese
Ports of Averio and Figueira. The order
comes after Safehaven supplied one of their
Interceptor 55 pilot boats to the Port of
Sines, (pictured on the front cover of Work
Boat World, February 2009) in early 2009.
The vessel 'Atlantida Azul' has been in
service ever since and the Port of Sines
authorities are very happy with her,
resulting in further international contracts
for Safehaven. The first of these vessels will
be delivered in March 2010 with the
second vessel following in May.
Both vessels will be powered by Volvo
D9 engines at 317kW for an operational
speed of 20 knots, and will be equipped
with Safehaven's unique "sacrificial
shoulder fender system" which has proved
highly successful in service.
Safehaven is currently building pilot
vessels for the French port of Bordeaux as
well as Roenne in Denmark, and has
become established as one of Europe's
leading pilot boat builders having supplied
ten pilot vessels to ports throughout
Europe in the last three years.
For further information contact:
Safehaven Marine, Ireland.
PH: +353 21 481 3726, FX: +353 21 4812 483,
Type of vessel:
Port of Bayonne, France
Safehaven Marine, Ireland
2 x Volvo D12 373kW
2 x Twin Disc
2 x 66cm diameter
1 x ENAG 120amp,
2 x 90amp
1 x Raymarine E120 4kW
February 2010 WORK BOAT WORLD
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