55 (16.5m) PILOT
THE INTERCEPTOR 55, BRINGING COMFORT AND PRESTIGE TO THE LARGER PORT, HIGH PILOT CAPACITY, STRENGTH AND DEPTH OF ENGINEERING WITH TREMENDOUS SEA KEEPING ABILITIES
Pilot seating capacity
Hurricane force 12 and 6m seas
Discovery Channel, Raging planet documentary
Pathfinder in Force 10 and huge waves
Interceptor 55 pilot for Port of Aden, Yemen
55ft / 16.7m
12 pilots, 1-2 crew
Twin Disc 5135
Interceptor 55 is a 16.5m pilot boat based on our very successful deep V twin chine hull
design that provides excellent performance and seakeeping. The 55 pilot
is a heavily constructed pilot vessel, designed and engineered to
withstand the tough demands of port pilotage operations, the design
features an aft positioned wheelhouse providing the lowest accelerations
for crew and pilots, however Safehaven’s modular mould design
allows the vessel to have several different configurations to suit the
vessels intended operational requirement, with the design being fully customizable. The vessel is typically powered by 16 litre engines rated
at 630hp running through twin disc 5114 quick shift gearboxes, with
sterngear comprising 58mm F51 Duplex shafts turning
Above, Interceptor 55 Pilot supplied to the Port of Aden, Yemen
Heavy duty rubber fendering supplied by Avon Rubber protects the hull with substantial 150x200mm fendering along her gunwale with numerous diagonals and a lower run along her 2nd chine just above the waterline, her bow is rounded allowing the fender to wrap around the bow in a continuous run.
Above, Interceptor 55 Pilot supplied to the Port of Sines, Portugal.
Her pilot boarding area as wide, spacious and uncluttered providing a safe working area for pilot and crew who benefit from her raised sheerline and flared bow, keeping decks dry and safe.
She has a very high level of fit out throughout the craft with the large wheelhouse providing enough space to allow combining the standard 6 pilot seating arrangement (although seating for up to 12 pilots is available) on CAB hydraulic sprung seats, with a VIP area in the aft section of the cabin, comprising a very comfortable 6 person seating dinette with a table and a 6ft worktop opposite with substantial locker space incorporated. All internal furnishings are from walnut effect laminate, white headlining and grey sidelining providing a warm, high quality yet practical environment. However one of the main advantages of Safehaven’s design is the huge forward accommodation area allowed by placing the engines centrally under the wheelhouse. Forward there is sleeping accommodation afforded by traditional V berths combined with large bunk berths. A comfortable seating area along side the large galley area, a full size heads compartment with sink, grey waste management with holding tanks. Large wet lockers and under deck storage enhance her functionality and provides a very comfortable crew environment
Our modular GRP mould allows different wheelhouse configurations, below are two Interceptor 55 pilot / patrol versions supplied to the Port of Southampton, UK with a more central wheelhouse configuration, allowing an aft work deck, See our 55 PATROL
From an operational perspective, a centrally positioned helm position provides her coxswain with clear uninterrupted vision equally to port and st/bd, large side and overhead windows, all double glazed to prevent misting assist visibility when alongside ships. Her helm position has been especially designed to provide a focused and ergonomically efficient operators environment, which allows the coxswain to take full advantage of the Interceptors fine responsive handling. Typically, which is the case with all Safehavens craft, her seakeeping is exceptional. Demonstration sea keeping videos undertaken in up to storm force 11 are viewable here, these conditions amply demonstrate her abilities. Safe and controllable running downwind, stable beam on and very soft punching into steep head seas are the Interceptors trademark.
Over the years we have captured many exceptional photographs and videos of our vessels operating in extreme conditions, check them out here- GALLERY
Safehaven Marine, Ashgrove, Cobh, Co Cork, Ireland
Phone 00353 86 8054582
All our vessels are build to the highest standards of strength & engineering and are renowned world wide for their exceptional sea keeping abilities.
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