40th pilot boat delivered

'Dalmore' is powered by a pair of Volvo D13 engines
'Dalmore' is powered by a pair of Volvo D13 engines
Safehaven’s proven ‘sacrificial’ fender system is incorporated
Safehaven’s proven ‘sacrificial’ fender system is incorporated

An established European builder of pilot boats has just handed over its 40th pilot boat to be delivered worldwide.

Safehaven Marine of Cork, Ireland has just delivered one of its Interceptor 48 pilot vessels for the Port of Cromarty Firth in Scotland.

Dalmore, is powered by a pair of Volvo D13 engines at a heavy duty rating of 500hp, allowing the vessel an economical continuous operational speed of 25kts. Dalmore accommodates two crew and five pilots in her main cabin, all on shock mitigation seating, and features a highly operator friendly central helm position with a full array of modern electronic navigation and radio communication equipment. The vessel’s design enables her to accommodate a further six persons on seating in her spacious forward cabin which also incorporates liveaboard facilities for her crew featuring a galley, separate heads compartment and berths. Fitted out to a very high standard she provides her crew and pilots a very safe and comfortable working environment.  Safehaven’s proven ‘sacrificial’ fender system is incorporated allowing boarding impacts to be significantly cushioned and providing a high degree of protection to the hull especially in rough conditions. The builder’s well developed MOB recovery system is fitted on the transom allowing a casualty to be easily recovered in a MOB situation and is the result of over 14 years experience in building pilot craft, experience that ensures all aspects of the craft’s design and engineering is capable of withstanding one of the toughest marine roles allowing the port to ensure continuous, reliable pilotage capabilities.

The Port of Cromarty Firth is the statutory Harbour authority for the waters of the Cromarty Firth. The naturally sheltered deepwaters of the Firth allow access to vessels all year round and forms one of the safest and most commodious anchorages in the north of Scotland. The port chose Safehaven’s Interceptor 48 pilot vessel for its ability to operate pilotage safely in all weather conditions. Graham Grant, Marine Support Manager commented: “This has been an incredible project to work on.  The Cromarty Firth is a unique and very busy stretch of water, so we needed something extremely special.  The Port’s Marine Team are extremely satisfied with Dalmore and are looking forward to operating this wonderful new boat.  She will provide a safe and stable platform for performing pilotage operations in our often challenging conditions and sea trials in Ireland during which we were out in 6m seas proved that our confidence in the pedigree of this boat was completely justified.”

Safehaven Marine currently have in construction and future orders for seven pilot boats across five continents.

Technical specification:

  • Type of vessel- All weather Pilot boat
  • Owners- Port of Cromarty Firth
  • Port of Registry- Invergorden
  • Builders- Safehaven Marine
  • LOA- 15m
  • Beam- 4.4m
  • Draft- 1.3m
  • Displacement Lightship- 17,200kg; Loaded- 19,500kg
  • Construction material- FRP
  • Engines- Volvo D13 500hp @ 1800rpm
  • Gearbox- ZF 360
  • Propellers- 27" 4 blade
  • Speed Operational- 25kts @ MCR   (Range- 280nm)
  • Fuel- 1,900 litres
  • Water- 170 litres
  • Seating capacity- 2 Crew, 5 pilots  + 5 passengers in f/wd cabin
  • Liferaft- RFD 12 persons
  • Classification- MCA

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