The Norwegian crew and pilot transfer company Fonnes Batservice AS have ordered a second pilot boat from Cork company Safehaven Marine.
Four years after taking delivery of his Wildcat 53 ‘Feminin’, Tommy Fonnes has now signed a contract for an Interceptor 48, pilot and crew transfer design capable of transporting 12 personnel.
It is the latest in a long list of contracts secured by Safehaven based in Youghal. The company has a strong reputation worldwide for their pilot boats supplying 40 to ports across the world.
To comply with the Norwegian Maritime Authorities the superstructure design is modified to incorporate forward angled windows.
The new boat, called ‘Masculin’ will be powered by a pair of Scania DI13 500hp engines delivering a 26kts operational speed.
The specification also incorporates a powerful hydraulic bow thruster integrated to a Twin Disc dynamic propulsion control system.
"Tommy first visited us in 2013 with just an initial interest in our vessels," Safehaven's Managing Director Frank Kowalski said.
"The day he arrived we were due to undertake sea trials in a couple of our vessels, I suggested he might like to come along, but warned him it might be a bit rough and that I hope he doesn’t get seasick. Tommy was up for it and for sure it was rough, with winds gusting over Force 10 and 5m seas."
"Later that night, suitably impressed with our vessels we signed contracts for his Wildcat 53. Always interested in what we do, during one of his build visits Tommy insisted in joining me strapped inside the cabin when we first rolled over the first 48 in a self-righting, capsize recovery test. Look forward to working with him on his new boat and seeing her operating in the amazing Norwegian fjords."
In recent years Safehaven Marine has also begun producing high-speed and military vessels.
Next year, Safehaven will attempt to Wrolf Record for fastest transatlantic crossing on the northern arctic route using their Thunder Child II vessel.
The Northern route starts from Newfoundland, then Greenland, Iceland and down to the North West coast of Ireland.
However, the Northern Route is also stormier with the Thunder Cat having to avoid icebergs on its trip.