Original article published on Baird Maritime
Irish builder Safehaven Marine has delivered a new pilot boat ordered by the Port of Sines in southwestern Portugal near the country’s capital of Lisbon.
Designed and built in compliance to Bureau Veritas class rules, Celso Madeira has an LOA of 14.9 metres, a moulded beam of 4.1 metres, a draught of 1.35 metres, a lightship displacement of 17.5 tonnes, and shock-mitigating seating for up to five pilots and two crew.
The forward cabin features bunk berths allowing the pilots to rest and relax comfortably during transits at nighttime. This area of the boat also provides increased seating capacity that can be utilised in an emergency, or when additional passenger seating is required. All cabin spaces feature air conditioning while the interior noise level is maintained to 74 dB thanks to specialised laminates and trimming.
Two means of MOB recovery systems are incorporated. These include Safehaven’s proprietary lifting transom platform and a Jasons cradle system for deployment on the side decks. The Safehaven lifting platform was designed to allow injured pilots to be safely recovered from the sea even while unconscious. Electro-hydraulic trim flaps fully protected in recesses mounted under the transom provide control over running trim, providing precise manoeuvring that becomes critical when picking up survivors from the water.