YET another Cork built 'super boat' is making waves on international seas with Safehaven Marine delivering a €650,000 pilot vessel to the Port of Cromarty Firth in Scotland.
The Interceptor 48 pilot boat, christened ‘Dalmore’, was delivered via the Caledonian canal to the port where it will be used to guide vessels in local waters.
It will also transport workers to visiting ships.
Safehaven managing director Frank Kowalski said: “She received a very warm welcome as she arrived at the port of Cromarty Firth where she has been accepted and will shortly enter service as their new pilot craft.
“It was a real pleasure working closely with all the guys from the port throughout her build and of course delivery, during which so many of her crew joined us along the way. We wish them the very best with her in the future.”
The Interceptor 48 is designed to be fully self-righting in the event of capsize by virtue of its “high buoyancy” superstructure and has been built with numerous features such as automatically closing air vents, 15mm thick windows and watertight cockpit doors.
Delivery of the “Dalmore” through beautiful Scotland. @captainbob76 @EoinBearla @PaschalSheehy @deshocks @AfloatMagazine @TomMacSweeney @LarryCpix @KENNYTCORK @VisitScotland @visitlochness @whatrobdidnext https://t.co/qRvTTWYZjo— Safehaven Marine (@SafehavenMarine) August 16, 2019
The forward cabin features bunk berths allowing the pilots to rest and relax comfortably during transits at night time and provides increased seating capacity that can be utilised in an emergency, or when additional passenger seating is required.
Safehaven Marine has also, in the last month, launched an XSV20 vessel built for renowned superyacht owner Jack Setton. The boat will shortly be sailed to Sardinia to be handed over to Mr Setton.
Mr Kowalski said the vessel named ‘Safehaven’ has the nicest interior his Youghal-based business has ever created.
Both boats went through intensive sea trials in Cork harbour.
In 2017, Mr Kowalski and his team achieved a world-first feat by circumnavigating the country via Rockall — an uninhabited granite islet 290 miles west of Scotland — and travelled over 2,000km, encompassing a 1,000km run out to the North Atlantic.
They did it in the €1 million original Thunderchild XSV 17 boat, a 60kt high-speed interceptor. They plan to travel from Canada to Ireland in the fastest time possible this year in a new boat, Thunderchild II.