Irish catamarans for Polish hydrographic office
Mon, 02 March 2015
Irish specialist boatbuilder Safehaven Marine in County Cork has completed delivery of four of its Wildcat 40 survey catamarans with dual operator consoles to the Polish Navy Hydrographic Office for underwater seismic studies in the Baltic Sea.
Built of glass-reinforced plastic (GRP), the four-man 13-metre vessels have a top speed of 15 knots and an operational endurance rate of four days. Each features an in-house developed hydraulic deployment system for a Kongsberg EM 20 multibeam sounder supported by an EA 400 echosounder, MS 1000 sonar processing software and an EdgeTech 4125 sidescan sonar. Other equipment includes an SVP Plus sound velocity sensor, a Marine Magnetics SeaSPY2 magnetometer, an Easytrak Nexus Ultra Short Baseline (USBL) positioning and tracking system from Applied Acoustics and a VideoRay Pro mini-ROV; a Raymarine radar is among navigation facilities.
Delivery of the craft marks the first military-type contract for Safehaven, a Seawork 2015 exhibitor whose other recent export activities have included launch of a new pilot boat destined for the Port of Setubal in Portugal, Bai de Setubal.