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The ‘Vigia’ pilot boat built by Safehaven Marine, based on the Interceptor 42 model, that is destined for the port of Gijón in the north of Spain and was tested at the weekend at Cobh Harbour. Pic: Safehaven Marine
The ‘Vigia’ pilot boat built by Safehaven Marine, based on the Interceptor 42 model, that is destined for the port of Gijón in the north of Spain and was tested at the weekend at Cobh Harbour. Pic: Safehaven Marine
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Safehaven Marine test their latest pilot boat in Cork Harbour

Safehaven Marine, the Cobh-based boat builders, have released stunning images of their latest vessel in test mode.

The Vigia vessel is a pilot boat based on the Interceptor 42 model that is destined for the port of Gijón in the north of Spain and was tested at the weekend at Cobh Harbour.

Vigia is the 13th pilot Interceptor 42 model built by the company and the 34th pilot vessel Safehaven Marine has made for ports worldwide.

Safehaven Marine managing director Jack Kowalski said: “She has proved to be a superb sea boat performing admirably in pilotage operations with all owners extolling its virtues of seakeeping, strength and stability. Vigia is powered by a pair of Volvo D13 engines rated at 500hp and achieves an operational speed at maximum capacity rate of 24.5 knots.

 The ‘Vigia’ pilot boat built by Safehaven Marine, based on the Interceptor 42 model, that is destined for the port of Gijón in the north of Spain and was tested at the weekend at Cobh Harbour. Pic: Safehaven Marine

The ‘Vigia’ pilot boat built by Safehaven Marine, based on the Interceptor 42 model, that is destined for the port of Gijón in the north of Spain and was tested at the weekend at Cobh Harbour. Pic: Safehaven Marine

“She is fitted with pilot boarding ladders in this instance, heavily fendered all round and incorporating Safehaven’s sacrificial fender system protecting the vessel at her boarding area and softening the inevitable hard impact that can occur in poor conditions.

“A full suite of Funruno electronics are installed at her central helm position and she provides seating for four pilots on Grammer suspension seats in her very highly fitted out main cabin, which provides a comfortable relaxed environment for pilots and crew during transfers,” he added.

Meanwhile, plans by Safehaven Marine to attempt a new world record of a circumnavigation of Ireland via Rockall - an uninhabited granite islet 290 miles west of Scotland - is still in the works for this summer.

The attempt will be made in the XSV 17 'Thunder Child' craft which can seat a crew of 10.

 The ‘Vigia’ pilot boat built by Safehaven Marine, based on the Interceptor 42 model, that is destined for the port of Gijón in the north of Spain and was tested at the weekend at Cobh Harbour. Pic: Safehaven Marine

The ‘Vigia’ pilot boat built by Safehaven Marine, based on the Interceptor 42 model, that is destined for the port of Gijón in the north of Spain and was tested at the weekend at Cobh Harbour. Pic: Safehaven Marine

The 2,000km voyage includes a 1,000km run out to the North Atlantic.

“It's coming along very well. We're doing some final finishing touches to her and some final trials and we're thinking that in July, we'll do the record attempt. A lot depends on weather. We don't have to beat any particular time because it's a new record," said Mr Kowalski.

“No one has ever done it before because it is too extreme out to Rockall and back. We just need good, calm weather and if we get high pressure it'll be very good for us. The North Atlantic is really rough and a nasty old place if you get bad weather there.”