Offshore breeze with Wind Farm Wildcat

An artist's impression of Safehaven Marine's new Wind Farm Wildcat 50 design.
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Ireland’ s Safehaven Marine is expanding its Wildcat catamaran range with a new 50ft/16m version aimed specifically at the wind farm market.

The company already builds the Wildcat at lengths of 36 and 40ft. The 50ft (16m) version will use an all new mould especially developed, but based on the well respected 36/40 hull design.Safehaven has used the expertise gained building pilot boats, which must withstand numerous hard impacts when coming alongside large ships in rough weather, to impart the same qualities to the wind farm service support vessel, which will also have to endure heavy impacts when holding station alongside an offshore wind turbine’s boarding structure. A fendering solution at the bow will withstand hard use and provide a stable platform for transferring personnel to the wind generator.

The Wind Farm Wildcat 50 features an island wheelhouse configuration that allows easy passage up either side of the vessel and provides a spacious boarding area in the bow with a raised platform incorporating boarding railings leading to the jump off section. Crew and passenger safety has been paramount in refining the design and again, Safehaven's experience in pilot boarding has been beneficial.

The main cabin provides for 12 passengers in aircraft style seating running lengthways. A central helm position features the same wrap around design that has proved popular with coxswains on pilot vessels, providing a comfortable, focused environment which is essential when holding station.

Sleeping accommodation is provided with four berths in each hull, with steps leading down from the main cabin. The area also provides plenty of additional storage area for equipment and spares. The galley is incorporated into the forward port cabin, with the heads situated starboard. Safehaven's designs are  fully customizable to the customers specific operational requirements and alternative cabin configurations are possible.

The Wildcat's flush aft deck provides a clear loading area and is serviced by a 2,000kg lifting capacity HIAB crane on the aft quarter. The well deck is cleared with numerous scuppers and the engine removal hatch arrangement is of a design refined over the years on other Safehaven workboats, providing full engine access and removal capabilities whilst remaining fully watertight. Side access doors provide easy boarding when alongside and double up as rescue zones in an emergency. A dive platform is fitted across the transom above the bridge deck with steps down to waterline access from each hull.

An aluminum hydraulic dive platform design refined for numerous Wildcat 40 dive vessels gives safe access to and from the water for divers. The vessel can also be fitted with a flybridge (which can be covered for shelter) for enhanced all round vision.

The new Wildcat 50 will be powered by either Scania D12 or D16 engines, with other manufacturers’ options also available, powering either conventional stern drive or jet drive. The hull design will enable operational speeds of some 25 knots, or 30 knots sprint.

The Wildcat 50 design is also suitable as a Class 6, 70 passenger vessel, crew transfer and offshore work boat. Safehaven Marine is currently building two Interceptor 55 pilot/patrol vessels for the UK Port of Southampton as well as a second pilot vessel for the UK Port of Portland.

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